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Vipers’ Kyobe banned for 16 months, Kitandwe exonerated

Former Vipers’ secretary Haruna Kyobe has been banned for 16 months from all football related activities for involving in an illegal transfer of midfielder Joseph Mpande from Vipers to Horizon of Myanmar.

In a statement on the FUFA website, Kyobe; a former records officer at the FA, stated that the 12 months apply to involvement in an illegal transfer whilst the four are for breach of duty of co-operation with the Ethics and Integrity Committee.

“The Adjudicatory Chamber of the FUFA Ethics and Integrity Committee chaired by Mr Byansi  William has banned Mr Haruna Kyobe- former Secretary and Transfer Matching System Manager of Vipers SC for 16 months from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other). The ban comes into force immediately,” a statement read in parts.

“Mr. Kyobe will serve 12 months for involving in an illegal transfer of a player and a further 4 months for breach of duty of cooperation with the Ethics and Integrity Committee. The ban will be served consecutively.”

The committee further explains- “During the course of the investigations, it was found out that Mr. Kyobe was a key person in the falsification of documents, forgery of a signature and illegally transferred the player contracted at Vipers SC to Horizon FC of Myanmar contrary to article 7 of the FUFA Statute, Article 14 Para 1 and 3, Article 18 of the FUFA Code Of Ethics and Article 135 of FUFA disciplinary Code. The investigation resulted in a final report that was submitted to the Adjudicatory chamber.”

Nevertheless, Thadeus Kitandwe and Richard Ssemanda have been exonerated as there was no evidence to implicate them.

“Mr. Thadeus Kitandwe and Mr. Ssemanda Richard do not have any case to answer as the investigations couldn’t establish any evidence of their involvement in the forgery of the documents in the illegal transfer of Mpande.”

The player, Mpande also has no case to answer as per the committee. “Further to note the Adjudicatory Chamber of the FUFA Ethics and Integrity Committee doesn’t have the powers to determine any case against Mr. Mpande. Only FIFA has such jurisdiction.” Kyobe has 10 days to appeal.

When contacted, Kyobe wasn’t in position to comment on the decision saying he is yet to receive an official communiqué on the matter.

“I am yet to receive any communication in regard to the suspension thus I can’t comment before reading the full judgement & how they reached to such a conclusion.”

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