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Court remands Sarah Babirye Kityo to Luzira prison

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The embattled president of the deposed Uganda Netball Federation (UNF) Sarah Babirye Kityo has been remanded to Luzira prison.

She was arrested yesterday, interrogated at the Criminal Intelligence Directorate (CID) headquarters, Kibuli and later detained at Kira Road Police station.

Appearing before the Anti-Corruption Court, Babirye was charged with fraud. She pleaded not guilty. Through her lawyers, Babirye applied for bail. Her application will be determined tomorrow.

She is accused of failing to account for Shs186 million she received from the National Council of Sports a few days before the She Cranes left for the Namibia 2021 Tournament.

She claimed that she was tasked to first account for Shs425 million which she did not receive and later said Shs186 million.

The charging of Babirye follows her open-ended suspension as the president of UNF over corruption and mismanagement of funds. Additionally, last month, the National Council of Sports (NCS) withdrew a certificate of recognition issued by the UNF.

The federation is currently not allowed conduct any business related to the sport of netball on behalf of the government of Uganda.

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