With time running out for the Football Kenya Federation leadership that got a rude shock when Sports Disputes Tribunal cancelled illegal county elections they had held despite the same being stopped by the Tribunal and Sports Registrar, Kenyans are left wondering why the Kenya government wants FKF president Nick Mwendwa out of the federation.
After the tribunal ruling, a worried Mwendwa wrote to Fifa complaining of state interference in running the game. Mwendwa wants Kenya banned from Fifa calendar activities.
Weekly Citizen has information that Sports, Youth and Culture PS Kirimi Kaberia is under instructions to streamline the current crisis in the football fraternity as Mwendwa with his cartel are linked to a football scam of monumental proportions.
Unknown to many Kenyans, Mwendwa is his own enemy and he is paying the price of underrating and disrespecting the people who mentored him and brought him in the limelight at the national level in local football administration, and as things stand, even a miracle cannot save the scandal-ridden FKF president who has since been deserted by his top allies and key national executive committee members.
Impeccable sources reveal that DCI top detectives are on FKF case and investigations have progressed so well unearthing Mwendwa’s massive looting of funds in the federation and it is just a matter of time before he is arraigned in court by the non nonsense DCI.
Immediately after being elected into office in 2016, his would be challenger Sam Nyamweya opted not to defend the presidency which he would have won with a landslide, Mwendwa embarked on appointing his cronies in key FKF positions and at the same time, dismantling the structures which he found in place.
The dismantling of existing structures in FKF saw Mwendwa appoint Stanley Okumbi as Head Coach of Harambee Stars whose only credential was being head coach of premier league side Kariobangi Sharks which is owned and funded by Mwendwa.
What followed was disastrous performance by the national team after Mwendwa sacked coach Adel Amrouche who was still under contract with FKF which saw the coach file a case at Court of Arbitration for Sports which has since ordered FKF to pay Amrouche Sh108 million
All this time, the government was watching the unfolding mess and Mwendwa became a marked man when women top league which was very vibrant up and running before he took over the reign at FKF stopped after his Nec members accused him of diverting money from Fifa meant for running the women top league to his club, Kariobangi Sharks. Super Sport who were official sponsors of Kenyan Premier League also fell out with Mwendwa and backed off.
From then on, Mwendwa embarked on a looting spree where money from Fifa and Caf meant to develop football locally by training coaches and referees ended up at Kariobangi Sharks while local referees were not being paid their football allowances as the federation directed that clubs should pay the referees, a move which saw corruption and bribery of referees crop in which diluted the league.
While Mwendwa embarked on a looting spree to the chagrin of football stakeholders including sponsors, FKF was accruing debts which he was not paying that saw auctioneers ascend at FKF Headquarters at Fifa Goal project in Kasarani to attach the federation’s properties over debts FKF owed after they obtained a court order to proceed with the attachment.
It was a sad day for Kenyan Football when Mwendwa, with support from hired goons, attacked the auctioneers which saw one of them killed and the matter is presently under an inquest with all accusations pointing at Mwendwa and it is just a matter of time, before he pays for his sins of killing the auctioneer who was only performing his duties under law.
Even before the ink dried following the killing of the auctioneer, Kenya was lucky to be among countries Fifa offered to buy Outside Broadcasting Van for production of international matches to reduce costs for Harambee Stars and top teams like Gor Mahia while participating in continental tournament.
Despite being put under pressure to produce the OB Van or the Sh135million Fifa gave to FKF for purchase of the van, Mwendwa has continued behaving like an ostrich by burying his head in the sand as if all is well yet local clubs participating in continental tournament are finding it hard to fund their preparations which would have been taken care of is their matches were produced by the OB Van bought by Fifa.
As if theft of the OB Van money was not enough, the blow which broke Mwendwa’s back came when Kenya qualified for 2019 Afcon in default after Fifa banned Guinea Bissau which paved way for Kenya to participate in the tournament.
The moment Kenya qualified to be for the African soccer bonanza in Cairo, Mwendwa slapped the government with a budget of Sh 244million for the team’s preparations and four weeks participation in the tournament.
While in Cairo, Kenya was in same group with neighbours Tanzania, Senegal and eventual winners Algeria. Kenya lost to both Senegal and Algeria at group stage but struggled to beat Tanzania 3-2 which means a whole Sh244 million the government gave FKF was used in preparing only to go to Cairo to beat Tanzania and come back yet the country has been beating Tanzania over the years without expensive preparations.
On Kenya’s return from Cairo, FKF asked for additional Sh19 million to take Harambee Stars to Tanzania for another round of qualification matches but the ministry of Sports through its accounting officer PS Kirimi Kaberia insisted that unless Sh244 million which FKF was given to take the team to Afcon is accounted for, there will be no more disbursement of funds to FKF.
After the ministry stood its ground that FKF must account for Afcon money, Harambee Stars travelled to Cairo for another round of qualifiers and when the ministry declined to released funds to FKF insisting on wiring the Sh4 million Mwendwa was asking for to the hotel’s account in Cairo, Mwendwa went to River Road and forged Hotel Africana letterhead and produced a fake invoice for Sh4million only to turn out that the bill was Sh1.8 million.
The noose is fast tightening on Mwendwa’s neck and with all signs that a new tenant will be at FKF offices early next year, signs that are clear that the government does not want to associate with a murderer and a looter in likes Mwendwa.
Others apart from Nyamweya eyeing the top FKF seat are former governor of Vihiga count Moses Akaranga, Alex Ole Magelo, Lordrick Aduda, Steve Mburu and Angeline Elijah.