The Kenyan government has threatened to open criminal charges against individuals nabbed in match-fixing cases.

Penalties including jail terms will be applicable to culprits caught in the menace as confirmed by the Sports Principal Secretary Jonathan Mueke.

Kenya is desperate to cleanse the rot in its football ecosystem after FIFA recently punished officials, coaches and players mentioned in match-fixing habit.

Kenya’s football governing body, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) a fortnight ago  suspended 14 players and two coaches for match-fixing in domestic leagues.

Six players from Zoo Kericho FC were suspended by FKF after the same club was  found guilty of match-fixing by FIFA’s integrity unit in 2021,attracting an expulsion from the FKF Premier League as a consequence.

“We will work with the Registrar of Sports and the federations to stop this vice just like we did with the doping menace in the athletics where we called Athletics Kenya (AK), the National Intelligence Service (NIS), the DCI, the police department and the immigration department and we agreed to stop the vice same will happen with match fixing,” Mueke said.

The move is long overdue after retired  President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law an anti-doping bill that criminalised doping in April 2022.

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