Sports CS trolled on social media over questionable Sh77m funds as PS Okudo reserves comments

Friday, October 29th, 2021 12:00 |
Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed (right) and Principal Secretary Joe Okudo while appearing infront of the PAC. Photo/PD/KENNA CLAUDE

Sports Principal Secretary Joe Okudo on Friday told People Sport that he would not comment on the Sh 77 million issue before the audit of Football Kenya Federation (FKF) ends, saying he would be interfering with the process that is currently going on.

On Thursday FKF Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Barry Otieno wrote to Sports Cabinet Secretary (CS) Amina Mohamed seeking explanation over Sh 77 million after the CS had told Parliament that the ministry had given the federation Sh433 million in three years, yet the federation claimed that they had only received Sh354 million over the same period.

“I cannot respond to any issue now because auditing of the federation is currently going on.

I may be in a position to comment next week when the audit is completed next week, so for now, the football leaders should stop diversive tactics,” he told People Sport.

Okudo was speaking on a day that a section of Kenyans took to the social media to demand explanation over Sh23.5 billion the ministry announced that it had spent on sports in three years and the Sh77 million in question.

At one moment the issue was the most trending on twitter.

“Whereas the federation remains grateful for the support the Ministry of Sports has accorded the Kenya national teams thus far, our bank accounts records indicate that between 2019 and 2021 the federation received and accounted for Sh335,512,205 and not Sh433,500,000 as communicated by your good self, Otieno wrote in a letter addressed to Amina dated October 28.

He added: “In light of the aforementioned and in order to reconcile and account the missing Sh77 million that was not received by FKF as part of Sh433,500,000 figure shared with the Sports Tourism Parliamentary Committee, the federation wishes to request the Ministry of Sports and National Sports Fund, to furnish FKF with exchequer releases and bank details indicating where the Sh77 million meant to support the national teams were remitted, including a Sh9.5 million that was purportedly remitted to the federation to support the Harambee Stars in the Cecafa tournament, as the federation has no record of the remittance.”  

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