Why FKF President Nick Mwendwa Was Grilled By DCI Officers

Nick Mwendwa

Reports have emerged that Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa was questioned at the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) headquarters on Thursday morning.

Although details transpiring from the day-long meeting Nick Mwendwa had with the sleuths are still scanty, sources told Nairobi Mini Bloggers that Mwendwa and his team were put to task over the use of Sh244 million which the government disbursed to the men’s national team to help them prepare for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations held in Egypt.

“I have been summoned. There are a number of issues that need to be clarified,” said Nick Mwendwa.

Mwendwa reportedly arrived at the Kiambu Road-based DCI headquarters at 9am accompanied by his deputy Doris Petra and the federation’s chief executive officer Barry Otieno both of who were also questioned.

This turn of events comes hot on the heels of a revelation by Stars captain Victor Wanyama, who confirmed during an interview at a local sports channel on Monday that he and his teammates were yet to receive their match-winning bonuses even after their 3-2 victory over Tanzania at the continental championship.
The government had promised to give the squad Sh50 million if they won the match.

Mwendwa, Petra, then FKF general secretary Robert Muthomi, the federation’s National Executive Committee (NEC) members and support staff reportedly awarded themselves allowances of up to Sh50,000 a day during the continental showpiece in Egypt.

The FKF boss was also grilled over a Sh 4 million invoice the federation sent to the Ministry of Sports ahead of Harambee Stars’ 2021 Afcon qualification match against Egypt in Alexandria last November.

The government raised an eyebrow at Football Kenya Federation’s expenditure after the invoice it received appeared inflated.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) sent an invoice to the ministry, asking for $40,000 (Sh4 million) to cater for the accommodation of 20 national football team players and 12 members of the technical bench at Africana Hotel in Alexandria where the team had pitched camp prior to its 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match against Egypt.

The government established later through its representatives in Alexandria, that the actual figure was significantly lower than the one quoted by FKF.

Pressure is also mounting on the federation to explain the whereabouts of an Outside Broadcasting van that was undelivered after FIFA sent Sh135 million towards its purchase.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that FKF
may have been duped by a local broker who failed to acquire the van from an English company, WTS Broadcast.

FKF has also come under heavy fire for failing to pay former Harambee Stars coaches Adel Amrouche, Bobby Williamson, and Sebastien Migne to the tune of Sh170 million.

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