Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa is now between a rock and a hard place after his scathing attack on sports principals secretary seemed to backfire, Kirimi Kaberia saying the ministry had dispatched a special audit team to probe how monies disbursed by government had been spent over the past three years.
The PS has told Kurunzi FKF have no option but to account for the monies they have received, adding he had nothing personal against Mwendwa or any other federation official.
“Kenyans are not fools and it is very simple. If you are good enough to receive public money, then the public must be good enough to be told how the money has been used,” Kaberia told Kurunzi.
He posed: “Have you received the money? Yes. Have you accounted for it?. Yes. Have been asked any questions? Yes. Have you answered? No. Then Answer!”
This comes as Kenyans took on Mwendwa on Twitter following an expose by Daily Nation that revealed how KSh244 million given to FKF for AFCON 2019 preparations was misappropriated.
Reports suggest detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations have already landed at Kandanda House and are working alongside auditors from the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts.
A section of stakeholders have joined Kenyans in calling on the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to institute criminal proceedings against “Mwendwa and his cronies” over misuse of public resources.
Aspirants who have expressed interest to oust Mwendwa said “FKF officials must now be brought to book as their attempted cover up by applying creative accounting has fallen flat on its face”.
Mwendwa’s predecessor, Sam Nyamweya, former AFC Leopards chairman Alex ole Magelo and former Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga saluted the media for unearthing the scandals at Kandanda House.
“The facts and figures have been laid bare for all to see the massive theft and embezzlement of public funds by the federation,” they said in a joint statement also signed by Gor Mahia CEO Lordvick Aduda, who has also said he is in the race for the FKF top job.
The statement added: “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.”
“I have requested for full accountability, full disclosure and total transparency with public funds,” Kaberia told Kurunzi.
“Mine is not a vendetta, is not a witch hunt and I have no other way. If I don’t ask for that, how do I account for the money that I was given by the government.”
PS Kaberia pointed out inconsistencies in the accountability report presented by the federation, adding there was absolute misappropriation of the monies given from the sports fund.
According to Kaberia, the ministry was not ready to present to the Auditor General reports that would obviously be queried, which is the basis of dispatching government auditors to Kandanda House.
“If you ask for money to go buy food for a group of people then you go buy clothes for another group then that is a different story. You have to explain why and who authorized the change.
“I can’t give Auditor General a story that doesn’t add up.”
Kaberia maintained the threshold for accountability was so high as compared to the “old school way of doing things”.
“Where people have been rushing to pick money, they have now realized it is not as simple as collecting money. You have to explain what you did with it because it is public money.
“Why would someone be offended by the demand for accountability for public money?”
Nyamweya, Akaranga and Magelo further want the forthcoming elections stopped, saying the exercise is already pre-determined.
“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.
“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 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.”
Trending on Twitter
Kenyans on Twitter took on Mwendwa following his interview with Royal Media Services-owned Hot 96 FM where he maintained his attacks on PS Kaberia, which attacks the PS has rubbished as baseless.
Here are some of the tweets by Kenyans under #NickMwendwa which was trending at position five the whole day Monday.