FKF vindicates Muthomi, but is not taking him back as CEO
Immediate former Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Chief Executive Officer Robert Muthomi has been given a clean bill of health following claims of abuse of office after local football club Sofapaka accused him for aiding their striker John Avire to travel to Egypt where he illegally joined second division side Tanta FC.
Despite finding him innocent on the allegation, FKF maintained that they will not re-appoint him in any administration position at the federation.
“Muthomi is not returning as the federation CEO. He left by mutual consent and we wish him well,” said a senior federation official who sought anonymity.
Muthomi said: “I am happy that I have come out clean and I’m not interested in returning to my previous position. I already made the decision after consulting federation president Nick Mwendwa especially after it turned out that the allegations were brought about by malice.” He added: “The job gave me a lot of experience, networks and friends globally and I will use these connections to help develop Kenyan football at a different capacity. I’m, however, not going to vie for any elective position during the forth coming polls.”
According to a ruling released by the FKF disciplinary committee yesterday, Muthomi’s personal assistant is the one who authored the letter addressed to the Egyptian Embassy on July 12, 2019 referring to Avire and one Augustine Ramaita as football fans seeking visas to travel and watch Africa Cup of Nations. The committee claim that the assistant after authoring the letter, used Muthomi’s electronic signature to sign off the letter.
“Having considered all the evidence laid before the committee, the committee is of the view that in the broad sense there was insufficient adduce evidence to the effect that Muthomi abused office,” said the statement.
It added: “Muthomi’s allegation that it was his personal assistant who drafted and signed off the letter exhibits weaknesses in the system. The committee recommends the implementation of systems that will work towards sealing these loopholes. One way of doing this is the creation of a register for e-signatures.”