- A day after reports claim that Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa was a DCI quest for interrogation, he has shed some light and insisted that he is ‘clean’ despite undergoing investigations for alleged misappropriation of government funds.
Mwendwa spent the entire Thursday facing interrogation by Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers in relation to the expenditure of Sh244 million received by FKF to prepare the men’s national football team, Harambee Stars, for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The football boss was also tasked to explain, among other things, the Sh4 million invoices forwarded to the Ministry of Sports by the federation. He suggests there might be a hidden political hand in this summon.
“It is normal to be asked to record a statement. I am clean and have nothing to hide even though some media houses were sent by my opponents to wait for me outside the DCI offices with big cameras,” Mwendwa said.
“I have been there (at the DCI) four times in the recent past. I am even surprised that people and the newspapers are talking about it. Maybe because my opponents fear me,” he added
He dismisses claims that he awarded himself KSh 50,000 daily allowance from the taxpayer’s money.
“I have to be paid to work. I was out of the country for 64 days. But it was not Sh50,000 a day. It is political season and several people who could not adequately kit and prepare Harambee Stars for a match are now complaining that the monies we were given by the government and sponsor should be accounted for,” Mwendwa claims.
He finally shed light on the recent stand-off involving former Harambee Stars coaches Adel Amrouche and Sebastian Migne.
Amrouche was recently awarded Sh109 million by the Court of Arbitration for Sport for unlawful dismissal. Similarly Frenchman Migne who was dismissed as Stars coach last year has threatened to sue FKF for failure to pay his dues.
“I won’t reveal much about Amrouche but I can assure Kenyans we will not be banned because of him. We are working hard to solve the problem,” he concluded.
Mwendwa insisted that he will not be intimidated to relinquish his quest to contest for a second term as FKF president.