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KRU begins graft probe on Kisumu RFC

Kenya Cup side Kisumu RFC are in trouble as the rugby governing body has launched investigations into alleged financial mismangement.

The club habitually skips fixtures and  had threatened to pull out of the league on Friday, saying that the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has reneged on a deal to finance their away matches.

But KRU chairman Mwangi Muthee says the deal with all league teams was to give money when it is available, and not necessarily for all away fixtures.

The former Kenya international says Kisumu is under probe by Rugby Services Manager Michael ‘Tank’ Otieno, since their accounts do not add up.

“Kisumu held a successful Dala Sevens. Mobile phone company  Safaricom injected over Sh1m in addition to donations from other sponsors. We are questioning the empty accounts, the matter in under investigation and we’ll announce our next plan of action,” he says.

“KRU’s goal is to ensure that transparency and integrity prevails in clubs,” says Muthee.

On the promised semi-finals sponsorship for clubs, Muthee said the deal was not with Kisumu alone, but with all league clubs whenever the union has a spare coin.

“Kenya Cup League has no sponsor. The union already has its plate full as it tries to source for funds for all national teams that usually have a busy year. We distribute what we have across board when money is available. The union is negotiating with sponsors, but we all need to make an effort in a bid to attract donors,” he adds.

Kisumu secretary and spokesman Paul Okong’o could not be reached for comment by the time of going to press.

Meanwhile, KCB’s walkover win over Kisumu at the weekend catapulted them to third place with 28 points, while Quins’ 27-12 victory against Impala took them to fourth place with 27 points. Nondies are fifth with 24 points, while Mwamba lie sixth on 21 points. Both sides still stand a chance of clinching a top four spot.