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Soccer probe man dies suddenly

By Vision Reporter

Added 8th October 2003 03:00 AM

DR Josephat Sentongo-Kibalama (left), deputy dean of Makerere University faculty of agriculture and a member of the five-man committee probing the rot in Uganda football, died suddenly on Tuesday night.

DR Josephat Sentongo-Kibalama (left), deputy dean of Makerere University faculty of agriculture and a member of the five-man committee probing the rot in Uganda football, died suddenly on Tuesday night.

By Norman Katende

DR Josephat Sentongo-Kibalama (left), deputy dean of Makerere University faculty of agriculture and a member of the five-man committee probing the rot in Uganda football, died suddenly on Tuesday night.

He was found dead on a toilet seat by Jude, a neighbour’s son, who had come to attend to him after an uneasy evening at his home in Makerere Quarry Flats.

Late in the evening, he apologised to his probe members for not attending the first meeting where witnesses were invited for the first time, promising to join them later.

“When he sent us the message, we did not think that the situation was that serious. We are very shocked by his death,” said probe committee chairman Stephen Kavuma.

The probe also has Stephen Nyaika, a director at the Uganda Investments Authority, Lt. Col.

Albert Kareba, former National Council of Sports member and Geoffrey Kihuguru.

According to a neighbour, Edwin Watu, Kibalama collapsed as he went upstairs. After a glass of glucose, he continued moving up.

But he was still uneasy and his condition deteriorated at around 10:00pm.

“The neighbours tried to convince him to be taken to hospital but he told them that he would be alright.

He asked them to put on the fan for him as he looked for a better sleeping position, though his actions showed he was uneasy,” Watu said.

“He tried to go to the toilets and that is where he was found (dead) on the toilet seat. We rushed him to Mulago where he was declared dead on arrival.”

The body was still at Mulago by press time.

The burial was slated to take place tomorrow at Bbira, on Mityana road, but this was yet to be confirmed by his daughter Marjorie Kibalama, who is expected from the UK today at 2:00pm.

Kibalama is the second person to die since match fixing allegations hit Ugandan football late August.

Peter Agong, an Akol goalkeeper, died on September 1, moments before he was due to testify before the first league committee probe called by the National Football League Committee.

The sports journalists refused to cover football events until the independent probe was formed.

Soccer probe man dies suddenly

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