Football Kenya Federation Presidential aspirants Sam Nyamweya and Omondi Aduda have written to Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed over alleged lack of transparency by the federation regarding the funds received in pre- and post-2019 Africa Cup of Nations held in Egypt.
In a letter dated June 10, Nyamweya, Omondi and other football stakeholders in the country have also asked the Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti to commence investigations against the incumbent Nick Mwendwa and FKF CEO Barry Otieno over alleged fraud, misappropriation of funds and theft.
The stakeholders have alleged the federation was not honest and despite receiving big amounts of money from Confederation of African Football for Afcon preparations, they kept pushing for the same from the Government of Kenya.
Here is the full letter as obtained by SPORTS AFRICA.
Football Kenya Federation received $260,000 from Confederation of African Football CAF for the preparation of the national football team Harambee Stars and a further $620,000 in prize money for finishing third in group stages of the 2019 Afcon.
This is besides a final payment of the premium grants in lieu of Sponsorship and broadcasting rights of the Afcon 2019 Tournament given to all the participating countries and member association of CAF.
Before Harambee Stars left for France, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) wired $260,000 to FKF account to facilitate preparations of the team before the tournament held in Egypt, at the same time FKF made a similar requisition to the Ministry of Sports Culture and Heritage for the preparation of the National Football team Harambee stars.
Football Kenya Federation made double requisition of funds for the same purpose and hid material facts from the Ministry of Sports Culture and Heritage with the intention of defrauding the Government of Kenya and the Kenyan tax payer.
The Confederation of African Football provided air tickets, accommodation and local transport to all participating teams in the Afcon 2019 Championship including our national football team Harambee stars.
Therefore requisition of funds for the same from the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage was fraudulent and unethical.
To date Football Kenya Federation has not released the accounts and financial statements for the year ending December 31st 2019.
The delay in releasing these accounts is suspicious and is a cover-up and a ploy.
We the football stakeholders therefore demand and which we do hereby.
1. Demand that Nick Mwendwa and Barry Otieno account for the Grants given to FKF by CAF for AFCON 2019.
2. Demand that Nick Mwendwa and Barry Otieno make public the requisition of funds and the budget sent to the Ministry of Sports Culture and Heritage for the AFCON 2019.
3. Demand that Nick Mwendwa and Barry Otieno release and make public the FKF accounts and Financial statements for the year ending December 31st 2019.
4. Demand that the former National Executive committee members be held liable for lack of transparency and accountability of tax payers Money and grants given to Football Kenya Federation by CAF / FIFA/ Government of Kenya.
5. Demand that the parent Ministry of Sports Culture and Heritage holds Football Kenya Federations and its officials to account.
6. Demand that the Sports Registrar compels Football Kenya Federation to release and make public its Financial Statements and books of accounts for the year ending 31st December 2019.
7. Demand that the Directorate of Criminal investigations , investigate and prosecute Nick Mwendwa and his cohorts for Fraud, misappropriation and theft of public funds.
8. Demand that the EACC investigates Nick Mwendwa and cohorts for unethical and corrupt practices.
9. Demand that the Ministry of Sports Culture and Heritage ceases any further disbursements of funds to Football Kenya Federation until and after accounting for the grants issued hitherto.”
Other signatories were Twaha Mubarak, Angeline Elijah, Stephen Mburu and Andrew Amukowa.
The 2019 Afcon winners Algeria were awarded $4.5 million, while runners up Senegal received $2.5 million.
Teams that were placed third in the group stages, Kenya included pocketed $620,000, whereas teams that qualified for the round of 16 received $670,000.
Quarter finalists received $800,000 with losing semi-finalists (Nigeria and Tunisia) received $2 million.