PRESS STATEMENT BY AMB. (DR.) AMINA MOHAMED, EGH, CAV, CABINET SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF SPORTS, CULTURE AND HERITAGE ON THE PRELIMINARY FINDINGS OF THE FOOTBALL KENYA FEDERATION INSPECTION REPORT
On 14th October 2021, I directed the Registrar of Sports to undertake an inspection of the Football Kenya Federation pursuant to Section 52 (1) of the Sports Act (2013) following an extended deterioration of the state of football management in Kenya.
The Sports Act allows the Ministry to intervene in the management of sports organizations where a sports organization fails to adhere to proper corporate governance processes that include financial management.
Over the past few years, the Football Kenya Federation has faced several governance issues that have been of great concern to the Ministry. First, the Football Kenya Federation has failed to account for all the monies allocated to it by the Government. All beneficiaries of the Fund are as a matter of course trained on how to apply, utilize and account for the funds. The beneficiaries are also aware that they are required to fully disclose any financial assistance received from other sponsors. Football Kenya Federation has fallen short of this requirement.
After sixteen days of hard work, the Committee appointed by the Registrar delivered a report to the Registrar. The Registrar has forwarded the report to my office with the following recommendations:
- DCI, NIS and EACC carry out further investigation to establish the extent to which the misappropriation of funds in FKF may have occurred with a view of prosecuting those who may be found culpable.
The current officials of FKF are removed from office to pave way for further investigations pending conclusion.
- A Caretaker Committee is appointed to manage the affairs of FKF for a period not exceeding 6 months. This has been successful in other jurisdictions in recent years, the likes of Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana and Chad amongst others.
A special audit of the books of accounts of FKF be carried out and subsequent frequent future audits.
- The government of Kenya should invoke Article 17 and 58 of the FIFA Code of Ethics (2020 edition) by informing FIFA Secretariat
- Investigation Chamber on the outcome of the Inspection.
- No bank account should be opened by FKF henceforth unless authorized by the Principal Secretary within the six-month period the caretaker committee will be in place.
- The Ministry of Sports culture and Heritage and the Sports, Arts and Social Development Fund not to release any funds to FKF unless and until the previous funds are fully accounted for.
- The Government to continue its public sensitization program through the Registrar’s office to enable members of the public, sports organizations, professional sports bodies, persons and officials to be well versed with Sports Act and all the other relevant laws.
Following these recommendations and in order to preserve the sport of Football, I have decided to appoint a Football Kenya Federation Caretaker Committee comprising of the following for a period of six-months.
Caretaker Committee Members
- Justice (Rtd.) Aaron Ringera
- General (Rtd.) Moses Oyugi
- Fatma Adan (Hodi)
- Philip Musyimi Mue
- Anthony L. Isayi
- Elisha Chepchieng Kiplagat
- Hassan Mahmoud Haji
- Fredrick Tureisa Lekesike
- Mwangi Muthee
- Neddy Atieno Okoth
- Ali Amour
- Titus Kasuve
- Richard Omwela
- Bobby Ogola
- J.J. Masiga
Secretariat to the Caretaker Committee
- Linda Ogutu – Head of Secretariat
- Lorine Nerea Shitubi – Joint Secretary
- Caesar Handa
- Habo Mwachiro
- Edward Rombo
- Hiba Hussein
- Gabriel Warigi
- Dr. Walter Ongeti
- Rashid Khamisi Ali Shedu
- Hon. Racheal Kamweru
- Robin Toskin
The mandate of the Caretaker Committee shall comprise of the following:
- Conduct all the affairs of Football Kenya Federation in accordance with its constitution.
Ensure that Football Federation of Kenya is in compliance with the Sports Act (2013)
- Coordinate and ensure smooth running of FKF’s operations including team preparations of all local and international sporting events
- Coordinate elections of FKF in accordance to the Sports Act (2013) and the Sports Registrar’s regulations
- Hand over Football Kenya Federation to the newly elected officials after a successful election
The Ministry of Sports Culture and Heritage shall facilitate the operations of the Caretaker Committee.
Issued at the Kenya National Library Services, Upper Hill, Nairobi on 11th November 2021 at 9.15 a.m.
Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohamed, EGH, CAV CABINET SECRETARY