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FKF responds to government’s directive to audit their accounts

FOOTBALL By Washington Onyango | October 16th 2021
Football Kenya Federation(FKF) Chief Executive Officer Barry Otieno at New Stanley Hotel on Thursday 4, February 2021 after their meeting where they agreed to pass the BBI report[Boniface Okendo,Standard

Football Kenya Federation on Saturday responded to the government’s directive to audit their accounts by acknowledging they will only agree as long as they follow the 2013 Sports Act, the FKF Constitution and Fifa Statutes.

In a letter released to the media, FKF CEO Barry Otieno stated they are ready to comply with Sports Cabinet Ambassador Amina Mohammed's directive but they still need clarification on what should be audited as they found the process confounding.

"The directive is confounding as FKF is unsure of the scope, terms of reference, and objective of the said inspection and has formally written to the Cabinet Secretary for Sports and Culture seeking further and better particulars to enable the federation to ensure compliance with the lawful and legitimate edicts of the inspection," read a statement from the Federation signed by CEO Barry Otieno.

 "Upon receipt of the requested information, the Federation, whilst remaining cognizant of the powers of the Cabinet Secretary for Sports... will comply with the said inspection as guided by the Sports Act (2013), FKF constitution (2017) and FIFA statutes."

"The Federation remains wholly committed to the healthy development of football and will continue to undertake football development activities during the said inspection period, including the management and running of all FKF leagues across the country," he continued.

"All ongoing projects including training of coaches and the planning and staging of the upcoming Harambee Starlets Awcon qualifiers against South Sudan, scheduled for October 20, 2021, and October 23, 2021, respectively, will continue uninterrupted."

On Friday, Sports CS Amina Mohamed ordered Sports Registrar to audit Football Kenya Federation accounts.

Amina's directive comes two days after the High Court of Kenya cleared the path for the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to investigate FKF President Nick Mwendwa over a suspected misappropriation of funds at Kandanda House.

“Today, pursuant to Section 52(1) of the Sports Act (2013), I have directed the Registrar of Sports to undertake the inspection of the Football Kenya Federation in accordance with the provisions of the Act,” the CS said in a statement issued by Ministry of Sports, Culture and HeritageHeadquarters on 15th October, 2021.

“She is expected to commence the exercise from 18th October 2021 for a period of less than two weeks and submit a report to my office on or before 2nd November 2021.

“The Ministry will assign the required Technical Officers and any other support required to perform this exercise.

 

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