Kenya orders football federation accounts audit
Kenya Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has ordered an audit of the country’s football federation accounts, which puts the East African nation on a collision course with the world governing body, FIFA.
The announcement comes 24 hours after a Nairobi court blocked an offer from Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa to block the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI). ) to investigate and arrest him for embezzlement.
Mohamed ordered the sports registrar on Friday to verify the FKF accounts and prepare a report.
The government is seeking answers on, among other things, how 244 million shillings (US $ 2.2 million) that were donated to the federation was used to prepare the Harambee Stars national team for the Cup final. Africa of Nations (AFCON) 2019 in Egypt.
The Kenyan official’s order comes days after Kenya’s chances of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar were mathematically wiped out by a 1-0 loss to Mali in Nairobi on Monday.
Harambee Stars will also not appear in Cameroon’s CAN 2021 final which was moved to January 2022 due to the global pandemic after being eliminated in the qualifiers in March by the Comoros.
The result saw Kenyans pressuring Mwendwa, who had promised qualification for Qatar 2022 when he came to power for his first term in 2016, to step down, but the FKF leader was defiant.
“The job that needs to be done is that we need to bring the talent to the table. To win, you need quality players. You know Moussa Djenepo, do we have a player like him? Mwenda asked the question in an interview with a local television station on Tuesday.
“We have to build it and this is the reason why we are training coaches to go to the base and find our Moussa Djenepo, they can find a (Yves) Bissouma to compete with people like Mali,” he said. he added after the defeat of Mali.
Mwenda added that even coaches of the caliber of AS Roma boss Jose Mourinho and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta would fail at the Harambee Stars post because Kenya “did not develop the talent” for succeed in international football.
The remarks only served to ignite public sentiment against him as former coaches, retired and current players turned to the FKF chief who has hired seven national team coaches since he took office.
The Kenya High Court on Thursday cleared the way for the prosecution and police to investigate Mwendwa over an alleged embezzlement of federation funds.
Mwenda had, on October 1, 2020, sought to gag the two agencies so that they could investigate him following a complaint filed with the Banking Fraud Investigations Unit (BFIU) direct transfer of more than $ 90,000 from the federation to personal accounts by Mwendwa.
Through lawyer Tom Ojienda, Mwendwa sued DCI and the DPP alongside journalist Milton Nyakundi, who had filed a complaint with the BFIU to dismiss the petition.
Nyakundi also filed the complaint separately on July 29, 2020 with the investigative chamber and the ethics committee of the governing body of world football.
The complaint was filed under Article 58 (1) of the FIFA Code of Ethics to activate Article 59 thereof and find that Mwendwa had broken the law.
The world governing body has yet to respond and with the government’s latest inquiry order, Kenyan football is once again facing uncertain times with FIFA’s aversion to political interference in football. Final element