FKF insists on clarification of Sh77m fund from Sports Ministry as they appear before Senate
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) yesterday demanded explanations to the uncounted Sh77 million allegedly given to them by the Ministry of Sports as part of funds sent to them in the last three years.
Appearing before the Senate Committee on Labour and Social Welfare, FKF president Nick Mwendwa requested the Ministry of Sports and the National Sports Fund, to give the exact details of the Sh433 million which Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed announced in Parliament last week that they had given the football body yet they claim to have only received Sh355m from the ministry over the years.
On Tuesday, Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior sought an intervention from the Labour and Social Welfare committee over what he described as ‘an impromptu inspection’ on FKF, which the senator termed as unlawful.
The CS and her Principal Secretary Joe Okudo who have in the past one week come under attack on social medial, did not attend yesterday’s session as they asked for more time to respond to the claims. They will now appear before the House on Thursday next week.
Mwendwa was put to task by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen who asked him why the federation appeared to be resisting audit, which was directed by the CS a fort night ago.
“We are very open to audit. We have been audited five times in five years by Fifa and in all occasions they were satisfied with their audit.
We have also been audited by several local agencies including the Sh244 million in question and we accounted for every shilling.
We are just worried that from the onset, all steps by the ministry indicated a sinister motive,” Mwendwa said.
The chairman of the committee Johnson Sakaja said the inspection on the federation had to go on, but advised that the exercise should be done in a lawful manner.
“Furnish us with all the details of the the funds that you have received from the ministry. We shall write to the ministry asking for the same,” Sakaja directed.
He added: “I want to make it clear that there is no pro Amina or Mwendwa sides here. We want the best for football.
Therefore, FKF and all federations receiving money must be audited, there is no escaping that. I want to mantain that If any individual is found culpable of any theft or wrongdoing, the law must follow.”
Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot sought to know why the federation was having a high turn over of Harambee Stars head coaches, having contracted six coaches in five years and why they had fell out with a section of corporate sponsors. He demanded detailed answers when the federation officials are re-invited to the House again next week.
Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina challenged Mwendwa to make public the over Sh600 million the federation had received from world football governing council Fifa and how they had used it.