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FKF woes and the besieging of Mwendwa

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FKF woes and the besieging of Mwendwa

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Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa will be staring at a trail of injunctions if the inquest by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) over claims of embezzlement and misappropriation of federation funds takes shape.


Joined the helm of the federation in 2016 on a reform ticket spearheaded by his Team Change, Mwendwa promised a complete turnaround for Kenyan football with key focus on developing grassroots football and the national team.
Five years later, and one year into his second term which he emphatically defended in October 2020, the conversation at Kandanda House, home to Football Kenya Federation has degenerated to a continuum of investigations and court cases.
The national team is no longer qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar next year and creating a football economy is not tenable.


Deal gone wrong
Immediately after his election to office for first term in 2016, the FKF chief embarked on an ambitious project to buy an Outside Broadcasting (OB) van for production of football content. Following the plan, the federation developed a proposal for an eight-camera Outside Broadcasting van with technical specifications that meet the requirement by Confederation of African Football (CAF), for it to be able to broadcast continental matches.
In August 2018, the federation was offered a SuperSport MPU van for which it paid Shs. 125million and did tests after Fifa approved a whopping Sh135million for the project. The van was never delivered and the matter taken to court.


Fifa gives nod to investigations
The latest probe involving Sh.244 million comes in the wake of claims of runaway corruption and misappropriation of public funds by the federation officials.
Following several petitions from the government of Kenya, world football governing body Fifa finally approved for the state agency in charge of criminal investigations (DCI) to probe allegations of irregular expenditure of Shs. 244.59 million by the federation.


The FKF president is alleged to have irregularly pocketed some Shs. 11million in allowances from the federation coffers. Also under investigation is a sum of Sh57 million, part of the Sh244.59 million drawn from Sports Arts and Social Development Fund (SASDF), a public funded kitty. The money was intended to cater for preparations of the national team, Harambee Stars, during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Other investigators in the activities of the federation include the Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC), Registrar of Sports and the Auditor -General.

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