Ugandan Football agent Ronnie Santos Mwine was arrested by the Kenyan Police on Saturday evening for allegedly trying to influence a Kenyan Premier league game between Western Stima and KCB.
According to Western Stima chairman Laban Jobita, Santos had started to have contact with Western Stima players over a match-fixing deal which would see the players receive up to KSH. 600,000 which is an equivalent to UGX. 20,113,233.53. However, the players decided to notify the club officials that they had been approached by an agent who wanted them to fix a game.
“Some of my players approached me saying there are some individuals who want us to fix the game,” Jobita told goal.com.
“So, I told my players to play along, but ensure they have recorded whatever was happening. I also told my team manager to ensure he has called me so that I follow up on the conversation in secrecy.”
“I heard everything that was going on in the room and how he wanted to make a down-payment of KSH. 70,000,” Jobita continued.
“He had promised to pay KSH.600,000 once the deal goes through as planned. It is at this point that we stormed the hotel and the man was arrested. He is currently remanded at Kisumu Central Police Station.”
“My players have agreed to testify against him once he is arraigned. The suspect told us he has several people who are working with him and not only in Kenya, but abroad as well. Even some referees are in this,” he added.
Jobita also confirmed that he had started his own investigations into his players over match-fixing, especially over the manner of their defeat to Tusker last week where they conceded four penalties.
“I have been suspecting there is something that is wrong somewhere,” he said.
“For instance, in our 5-2 loss to Tusker, we conceded four penalties. It was unusual; how can one game produce four penalties?” he added.
“I even called the league managers and complained about the same, and narrated my fears. I am just happy my players decided to collaborate with me to stop the vice from happening.