Football stakeholders in the larger North Rift have urged the government through the ministry of Sports to allocate more time to investigate the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) books of account.
On Friday, Sports Cabinet secretary Amina Mohammed directed the Sports Registrar to investigate the mismanagement of funds by the federation.
This comes after the Auditor General flagged a Sh11mn payment to FKF boss Nick Mwendwa without proper documentation.
Today, County Football Association (CFA) of Kenya met in Uasin Gishu saying that it is not easy to form the team and investigate a federation that has 47 branches across the country.
Uasin Gishu chairman Paul Tororei said that the two weeks given is not enough for investigations
“We want thorough investigation done especially on the kshs 244 million AFCON given by the government, should be accounted for, kshs 125 million for Outside Broadcast (OB) Van that was given by FIFA. We don’t know where the vehicle and the money went, also look for the FIFA annual grants and money remitted by the government to fight COVID-19, we want to know also from FIFA because the government has done,” said Tororei.
He also condemned FKF president Nick Mwendwa following his remarks that Kenya lacks talent to promote the sport.
“It is disheartening and demoralizing as football stakeholders are concerned with the trajectory that football is taking. The recent remarks by Mwendwa are just a drop of water in an ocean full of mismanagement and misappropriation of resources. Football stakeholders wish to state that there is no lack of talents in the country: from grassroots to the national level Kenya is rich in football talents,” said Tororei.
CFA committee member David Simiyu said he was happy that Amina has opened the investigations but he had issues in the manner in which the investigations will be carried out.
“It is like she wants to protect Nick. We understand that we had gone to court to avoid his investigation. The most important thing is that DCI and DPP should be the bodies to investigate him not the commission or registrar,” said Simiyu.
He reiterated that Amina wants audit but initially, the auditor General gave a report.
“In my view, Amina wants to hide something. Let her allow the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Director of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to investigate him because some may lack prosecutorial powers,” said Simiyu.
He also said that football in the country has gone down courtesy of Nick and they have to look at the professionals to run the federation not cartels.