Football Kenya Federation (FKF) officials have had a tough weekend. This is after CEO Barry Otieno became the second FKF staffer to spend the night in a police cell.
Officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) apprehended Mr. Otieno. DCI officers have been on his trail as the crackdown on federation officials for theft of funds continues.
The Football Kenya Federation president, Nick Mwendwa, was arrested on Friday. The DCI agents questioned him on the same day.
DCI will take in more FKF National Executive Committee (NEC) members. The DCI offices will host elected officials, and other personnel. They will give the investigating officers more information concerning embezzlement of funds. The case has sparked both local and international interest.
Sports Registrar Rose Wasike initiated details of a probe on October 14th, 2021. The probe cites multiple instances in which it accuses the federation of violating the Sports Act 2013.
An Inspection Committee’s report on the FKF probe alludes to the federation’s noncompliance. Its officials reportedly used to violate the regulator’s rules of engagement.
In its rulings on the electoral process in 2019 and the following year, the Sports Disputes Tribunal determined the FKF had violated the FIFA Standard Electoral Code.
FKF failed to comply to comply with Section 67 of the Sports Act. The act requires businesses registered under the Act to provide audited financial reports annually. They have not been doing that. This is a matter of worry, according to the report.
DCI has also accused the federation of violating Articles 10 and 73. This deals with national ideals and integrity. FKF also violated Articles 226 and 227, which deal with an audit of public finances.
When it comes to accounting for money advanced to it, FKF leaders believe they are not subject to Kenyan regulations. The drama has just started. Meanwhile, Kenyan soccer lovers are keen to see what the caretaker committee will do.
Sports CS Amina Mohamed appointed the committee. Former Court of Appeal Judge Aaron Ringera heads the committee. Many are yet to understand the elderly lawyer’s relationship with football.