Uhuru's Directive to PS Has Betrayed Us - Nick Mwendwa [VIDEO]

  • Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss Nick Mwendwa blamed the woes facing the country's sports fraternity on a government directive attributed to President Uhuru Kenyatta

    In an animated interview with Citizen TV's Rashid Abdalla on Friday, October 25, the emotional football boss narrated the frustrations that the sportsmen in the country had gone through despite President Kenyatta's repeated assurances.

    "The President has told me twice,'young man, I no longer want to hear anything to do with lack of funds plaguing the teams. I have set aside a National Sports Fund to ensure such does not happen," he narrated.

    FKF boss Nick Mwendwa addressing the press in September 2018.

    Mwendwa narrated that despite the body being set up, their attempts to get funds to organize matches and pay the players were frustrated by senior officials at the helm of the fund's body.

    He stated that the worst-hit had been the women's football team, Harambee Starlets, that he alleged had been neglected despite their stellar performances.

    "Those girls have given their all for this country, but after every match, they return home empty-handed. Many of them have little children and yet the government owes them hundreds of thousands and they are going hungry. This forces me to get into my pocket at times just to ensure they do not go hungry," he narrated.

    "The president established a sports fund and stated that it was not going to help in football only but for every other sport, but look at the rugby scene now... They are facing auctioneers, and our athletes are going without basic necessities. We have seen auctioneers at our doors for so long that it no longer surprises us. It has become an everyday affair," he narrated.

    National Sports Fund is a State Corporation established by Sports Act No. 25 of 2013 part III section 12 under the Ministry of Sports, Culture and The Arts.

    The Sports, Arts and Social Development Fund Oversight Board were gazetted in December 2018, and its members include former Vice President Moody Awori and Athletics Kenya President Lieutenant General (RTD) Jackson Tuwei.

    Other members of the board include National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani, Principal Secretaries for Sports Amb. Kirimi Kaberia, and his Education and National Treasury counterparts Belio Kipsang and Dr. Julius Muia respectively.

    Video Courtesy of Citizen TV