13 September 2018

Rwanda/Namibia: Ferwafa Officials Arrested Over Attempt to Bribe Namibian Referee

Two senior officials from the local football governing body, FERWAFA, are in police custody for allegedly attempting to bribe a Namibian referee to manipulate the result of the 2019 Afcon qualifier between Rwanda and Côte d'Ivoire on Sunday.

According to Modeste Mbabazi, the Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) spokesperson, the two suspects were arrested on Wednesday evening and investigations are underway to ascertain what happened exactly and the motive behind the allegations.

The suspects were identified as FERWAFA Secretary-General, François-Régis Uwayezu, and the body's Commissioner for Competitions, Eric Ruhamiriza.

The involved referee was identified as Jackson Pavaza, a Namibian national who was the central referee of the game that was played at Stade de Kigali, in Nyamirambo.

Pavaza first raised these allegations in the Namibian press earlier this week.

"They were arrested. They are suspected of giving a bribe to the referee of the game between the national team, Amavubi, and Les Eléphants of Côte d'Ivoire. Investigations have started to ascertain what happened," said Mbabazi.

Mbabazi, however, declined to reveal further information.

Both suspects are detained at Kimihurura police station, according to RIB.

The game ended 2-1 in favour of Côte d'Ivoire.

FERWAFA officials had earlier denied allegations.

Rwanda

Kagame Joins 'Generation Unlimited' Leaders Group

The new UN initiative dubbed Generation Unlimited, that is aimed at supporting the youth, has come at the right time and… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2018 The New Times. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 600 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.