FKF tables tough demands before allowing govt to audit its accounts

Thursday, October 28th, 2021 08:52 |
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa. PHOTO/COURTESY

Football Kenya Federation led by Nick Mwendwa has issued conditions to government before allowing them to audit its books of accounts.

In a statement the federation demands the government to provide names of the auditors who have been backed to look into the FKF books of accounts before they cooperate.

In a letter dated Tuesday, October 26, 2021 and signed by CEO Barry Otieno, FKF asked the ministry to provide a full list of the committee members.

Mwendwa also wants the government to clarify if it had appointed one Mike Kimoko as the chairman of the inspection body that will lead the audit process.

Mwendwa has also made it clear if Sports Cabinet secretary (CS) does not provide an introductory letter which confirms the appointment of the said committee the federation would not engage with the said individuals.

In the letter to the ministry, Mwendwa asked CS Amina to confirm if Mike Kimoko, is indeed the chairperson of the FKF Inspection Committee appointed by her in accordance with the Sports Act.

“FKF wishes to request your good office to kindly provide the full list of the committee members and confirm, in writing, that the undersigned in the aforementioned letter, Mike Kimoko, is indeed the chairperson of the FKF Inspection Committee appointed by yourself in accordance with the Sports Act (2013).”

CS Amina has since denied claims that the move to audit the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) was politically instigated.

She said the decision was aimed at addressing issues raised by stakeholders in the game who claimed that some monies allocated to the federation had been squandered.

Amina, who was put to task by the National Assembly’s Sports, Culture and Tourism Committee yesterday to explain why she was determined with the auditing of the football association, and yet she did not do the same for other notorious federations.

However, she ruled out any mischiefs as she informed the committee that the matter has since been seized by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and hoped that a thorough probe will be done to unearth the truth.

The CS said FKF is not the only federation under scrutiny, saying the ministry has also embarked on streamlining all federations that are not compliant with the Sports Act.

She told members that the findings of the audit will inform the decision that her ministry together with other stakeholders will take to streamline operations at FKF.

It remains to be seen if FKF will open up its books of accounts for scrutiny, given the stance taken by stakeholders.

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