FKF Head Honchos spend weekend behind bars
Their arrests are in connection with the recent move by the Kenyan Government to disband the organization and replace it with a caretaker committee. It also comes in the wake of an audit report which has allegedly reveal years of financial impropriety at the body mandated to run the game in Kenya.
Nick Mwendwa and Barry Otieno
Embattled Football Kenya Federation - President Nick Mwendwa and his Chief Executive Officer - Barry Otieno, are spending the weekend behind bars after being arrested on Friday and Saturday respectively.
Their arrests are in connection with the recent move by the Kenyan Government to disband the organization and replace it with a caretaker committee. It also comes in the wake of an audit report which has allegedly revealed years of financial and organizational impropriety at the body mandated to run the game in Kenya.
Cabinet Secretary for Sports,Culture and Heritage Amina Mohammed disbanded the Nick Mwendwa led FKF on Thursday 11 November 2021, replacing it with a caretaker committee to run the Kenyan game for the next six months under the stewardship of Justice (Rtd) Aaron Ringera.
In disbanding the FKF, Amina said, “Over the past few years, the Football Kenya Federation has faced several governance issues that have been of great concern to the Ministry."
"First, the Football Kenya Federation has failed to account for all the monies allocated to it by the Government. All beneficiaries of the Fund are as a matter of course trained on how to apply, utilize and account for the funds. The beneficiaries are also aware that they are required to fully disclose any financial assistance received from other sponsors. Football Kenya Federation has fallen short of this requirement.”
Mwendwa responded to the action, saying, ““I reject the appointment of the 15-member committee to run FKF operations on the back of graft investigations. We won’t accept that decision by the Sports ministry. We shall remain in charge, and football will continue in this country under our leadership.”
FIFA, the global body in charge of the game also weighed in on the matter, saying, ““We would like to address our concern with respect to the abrupt announcement of the aforementioned decision taken by the Cabinet Secretary. As a matter of fact, we deem fit to highlight that all FIFA member associations, including the FKF, are statutorily required to manage their affairs independently and without undue influence of any third parties (cf. art. 14 par. 1 lit. i) and art. 19 para. 1 of FIFA Statutes).”