How Nick Mwendwa Received Millions Through Private Accounts - Report

FKF President Nick Mwendwa
FKF President Nick Mwendwa.

Embattled Football Federation of Kenya (FKF) President, Nick Mwendwa, is expected back at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters on Saturday, November 13, to answer to questions arising from yet another report linking him to misappropriation of millions of shillings.

His woes have intensified following the damning findings released by the inspection committee constituted by Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Amina Mohamed, to investigate FKF's financial status.

The committee preliminary report revealed that over Ksh550 million was allocated to FKF as grants but could not be accounted for by the Mwendwa-led team.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa.
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa.

The report further detailed the fictitious withdrawal of Ksh29 million within a month from the money that was allocated to FKF by the national government.

The eleven-member committee chaired by Michael Kimoko further exposed the questionable transfer of Ksh8 million to Mwendwa's account between March and May this year.

The inspection committee added that FKF did not file any documents to support the expenditure of Ksh513 million between December 2017 and October 30, 2021.

The report has also questioned the Ksh218.8 million allocated to Harambee Stars for its facilitation during the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) games.

Other questionable expenditures listed by the committee include the Ksh40 million that was channeled to FKF to cater for the CECAFA tournament in 2017.

Another Ksh27.9 million is also being probed that was meant to sponsor Harambee Starlets CECAFA 2018 Championships which could not be accounted for.

The committee also reported the unavailability of reports to account for Ksh25.7 million for the facilitation of the Harambee Stars AFCON qualifier match against Ghana. Ksh22.8 million that was to be channeled to Harambee Stars to facilitate their match against Swaziland and Equatorial Guinea could not be accounted for.

Mwendwa, in his statement, rubbished the findings insisting that his committee has been clear and they are ready to provide all the documentation to clear his name.

The report recommended that no new account should be opened by FKF unless they are authorised by CS Amina and the caretaker committee within the six months period chaired by retired Judge, Aaron Ringeera.

The Ministry of Sports has also been directed not to release any funds to FKF until the previous funds are fully accounted for by the disbanded committee led by Mwendwa.

Mwendwa is expected to respond to those queries as he books a date with DCI over the matter.

The caretaker committee already directed all top-tier football activities be suspended with immediate effect. 

The suspended activities included the FKF Premier League, FKF National Super League, FKF Division One, FKF Women's Premier League, and FKF Women's Division 1 League.

"We wish to reassure all lovers of Kenyan football that the committee will ensure smooth operations of all football activities across the country and beyond," the committee noted.

FKF President Nick Mwendwa at a Confederation of African Football (CAF) in May 2017
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