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FKF yet to clear payment for Stars’ chartered plane

A fresh controversy has emerged regarding Harambee Stars’ shambolic trip to Cape Verde 10 days ago, with the owner of the firm that branded the chartered plane used by the team claiming that he is yet to be paid for the job.

Stars used the chartered plane for their trip to West Africa for a 2018 World Cup qualifying match against Cape Verde after Football Kenya Federation and the government delayed in securing a commercial flight for the team.

Now a certain Mr Jackson Kemboi, who claims to have branded the flight with the wording “Harambee Star”, is a worried man.

Mr Kemboi says despite going through several challenges to complete the job with a very short period of time, FKF is yet to clear the outstanding balance for the job which stands at Sh31,000.

“I was handed this assignment by a broker who is a also a friend. I’ve done business before so we agreed on a fee of Sh40,000 for the job,” Kemboi, who specializes in branding, printing and supply, exclusively Nairobi News.

‘HARAMBEE STAR’

“He paid me Sh 9000 via mobile money and promised to clear the balance immediately after the work was done, only to refer me to another person by the name Mr Alex who has since gone underground,” he said.

Mr Kemboi went on to recount the challenges he encountered while executing his task.

“It was a very challenging assignment. We were at the airport by 7 am on the day the team was to travel and immediately commenced on the work. Halfway through the job, the CEO of Skyward Express (the firm that owns the chartered plane) stopped us from working claiming the plane had not been paid for.

“We removed all the wordings and even destroyed one sticker for letter ‘S’. My crew didn’t have time to go back and design another letter “S” because of time. That is why the plane was eventually branded Harambee Star.

“We were also arrested by police officers at Wilson Airport who accused us of loitering. My crew eventually finished the job at 8pm. But by then the man who gave me the job was nowhere in sight. I won’t take them to court, but am humbly asking them to pay us our dues,” Kemboi said.