Former Football Kenya Federation boss Sam Nyamweya is now calling upon Government’s investigating and prosecution agencies to arrest under-fire incumbent federation president Nick Mwendwa over embezzlement expose’.
An investigative report by Nation revealed startling discrepancies on the manner in which FKF spent the famous Sh244m from the government with holes being poked in allowances pocketed by the federation’s top officials and players’ air tickets.
In a statement signed by Nyamweya and former Nairobi mayor Alex Ole Magelo on behalf of Moses Akaranga, Lordvick Aduda, Steve Mburu, and Angeline Elijah, the six key football stakeholders say Mwendwa is guilty of funds’ misappropriation and are calling for his immediate arrest.
“The facts and figures have been laid bare for all to see the massive theft and embezzlement of public funds by the federation. As we have consistently said, FKF officials must now be brought to book as their attempted cover-up by applying creative accounting has fallen flat on its face.
“The daily allowances drawn by the FKF President Nick Mwendwa, National Executive Committee members, branch officials, the Chief Executive Officer and their cronies are way above, not just the recommended FIFA standards, but goes against the guidelines issued by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission on allowances from public money.
“We call upon the Principal Secretary for the State Department of Sports – Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia to confirm if the government approved this exorbitant perks to be paid to FKF officials.
“The kind of money the president of FKF received in the name of allowances would make FIFA President Gianni Infantino drool and turn green with envy.
“The incriminating evidence establishes a prima facie case of theft by servant, embezzlement, and fraud against Mwendwa, the NEC, the Branch officials and the litany of the joyriders in tow.
“Government investigating and prosecution agencies, namely the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions as well as the Asset Recovery agency need no further prodding but to swing into action.
“Mwendwa and all his accomplices must immediately be investigated, arrested and prosecuted for economic crimes.
“As they carry out their probe, the DCI should further investigate whether the proceeds from this massive theft of public resources is the source of money being used to influence the process and outcome of the forthcoming FKF Elections,” the statement read in parts.
The Nyamweya’s team further calls upon the world’s football governing body FIFA to intervene in ensuring that no public money is misused by FKF.
“Further, we invite the FIFA Ethics committee, through its investigatory chambers to immediately commence investigations on the President of Football Kenya Federation and its officials for bringing the association football to disrepute and in the interest of FIFA’s image and integrity.
“We call on CAF disciplinary to the committee to immediately take up the matter as they are in possession of key material facts concerning the grants issued to FKF in respect of the Harambee Stars during the AFCON Championship in Egypt.”
They also want to see the youthful administrator, who has recently fallen out with PS for Sports Amb. Kirimi Kaberia, to step aside in order to pave way for investigations into the matter.
“In the meantime, the only option available for the disgraced Nick Mwendwa and his cronies is to resign from office as the process of investigations and subsequent prosecution to recover the embezzled public funds is being undertaken,” the statement reads.