By Frederick Kiwanuka
THE case in which the General Manager of the Uganda Motocross club, Garuga, John Mpeirwe is accusing William Blick the Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) boss of assault and malicious damage, has taken a new twist with both parties running to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
In the criminal case number CRB 481/2013 which is before Luweero court, Mpeirwe is accusing William Blick of punching him during the Central African motocross Championship at Busiika in Luweero on August 4th, injuring his neck, lower lip and left leg.
Mpeirwe also claims the UOC boss smashed his glasses by stomping on them and smashed his cell phone against a nearby brick wall.
Blick who had been scheduled to appear before court on Thursday as per the criminal sermons served on October 16, however failed to turn up for the second time.
Instead, Blick has involved the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), claiming he was framed. This has prompted the DPP to send for the file which is now in Kampala.
The Luweero court has extended the UOC boss’s criminal summons to November 11 after Thursday’s no-show.
Meanwhile, on learning that Blick had involved the DPP, the complainant, John Mpeirwe has also written a letter to the same office to explain the saga.
In his October 23 letter Mpeirwe explains that both men were attending the second round of the Central African Motocross Championship at the Uganda Motorsport Arena in Busiika, Luweero District, when the UOC boss attacked him from behind.
“He struck me three times in the face with his closed fist, injuring my neck, lower lip and left leg (as I fell). He smashed my glasses by stomping on them and threw my cell phone against a nearby brick wall,” Mpeirwe claims in the letter.
Under a sub-title: ’Reason why I was assaulted’, Mpeirwe in his letter explains to the DPP that Blick had for some time been threatening him with physical harm after Mpeirwe refused to pay the UOC boss’ daughter Isabel for participating in a motocross riders exhibition at Festino City on June 1st.
Mpeirwe claims that he had not invited Isabel to participate in the very rough exhibition due to her being an amateur who rides in the PEEWEE class, but Blick forced his daughter to race.
“A few days later, William Blick called me demanding to be paid. I told him that neither I nor the UMX club owed him money. He threatened with physical harm if I did not give him money until he fulfilled what he wanted to do to me on August 4,” according to the letter.
Despite Blick’s no-show, Mpeirwe told journalists at the court that he was determined to follow up the case.
When contacted by phone, Blick denied all of Mpeirwe’s claims.
“All I can say is that whatever he has said is not true. We will take it the way it comes,” Blick said.