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Police now want FKF boss charged with embezzling Sh17.2m

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations  has recommended the prosecution of Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss Samson Nyamweya over misappropriation of funds.

CID officers have forwarded Mr Nyamweya’s file to Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko for review and possible arraignment in court.

Investigators want Mr Nyamweya charged for alleged misappropriation of Sh17.2 million that the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts released to the FKF for a Harambee Stars trip to Cape Verde for a World Cup qualification match.

FALSE ACCOUNTING

“Police recommends that the suspects (FKF officials) be charged with offences of conspiracy to defraud, stealing by agent and fraudulent false accounting. The DPP has received the following files from the CID the National Cohesion & Integration Commission and the KRA. The files shall be independently reviewed and decisions thereon made shortly based on evidence and the law,” the office of the DPP said.

CID officers have also recommended that FKF secretary general Michael Esakwa and acting finance manager Samson Cherop be charges alongside Mr Nyamweya.

Mr Nyamweya, who is gunning for re-election as FKF president, was arrested on November 17 after Sports minister Hassan Wario insisted that he had released Sh17.2 million a week earlier to cater for all the team’s expenses.

The Sh17.2 million was intended to take Harambee Stars to Cape Verde and also cater for their accommodation and allowances.

WAR OF WORDS

The debacle ignited a war of words between Mr Nyamweya and Sports Minister Wario, with the FKF President insisting that the government released the funds late.

Harambee Stars players staged a sit-in and demanded full payment of training allowances and refund of air fare used by the foreign-based legion before departing for Cape Verde.

The trip was further delayed by eight hours after the firm that owns the chartered plane, which the team was to use, demanded full payment before embarking on the journey.

Harambee Stars flew out only after the intervention of Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario, barely 24 hours before the Cape Verde game.