With time running out for the Football Kenya Federation leadership that got a rude shock when Sports Disputes Tribunal cancelled illegal county elections they had held despite the same being stopped by the Tribunal and Sports Registrar, Kenyans are left wondering why the Kenya government wants FKF president Nick Mwendwa out of the federation.
After the tribunal ruling, a worried Mwendwa wrote to Fifa complaining of state interference in running the game. Mwendwa wants Kenya banned from Fifa calendar activities.
Weekly Citizen has information that Sports, Youth and Culture PS Kirimi Kaberia is under instructions to streamline the current crisis in the football fraternity as Mwendwa with his cartel are linked to a football scam of monumental proportions.
Unknown to many Kenyans, Mwendwa is his own enemy and he is paying the price of underrating and disrespecting the people who mentored him and brought him in the limelight at the national level in local football administration, and as things stand, even a miracle cannot save the scandal-ridden FKF president who has since been deserted by his top allies and key national executive committee members.
Impeccable sources reveal that DCI top detectives are on FKF case and investigations have progressed so well unearthing Mwendwa’s massive looting of funds in the federation and it is just a matter of time before he is arraigned in court by the non nonsense DCI.
Immediately after being elected into office in 2016, his would be challenger Sam Nyamweya opted not to defend the presidency which he would have won with a landslide, Mwendwa embarked on appointing his cronies in key FKF positions and at the same time, dismantling the structures which he found in place.
The dismantling of existing structures in FKF saw Mwendwa appoint Stanley Okumbi as Head Coach of Harambee Stars whose only credential was being head coach of premier league side Kariobangi Sharks which is owned and funded by Mwendwa.
What followed was disastrous performance by the national team after Mwendwa sacked coach Adel Amrouche who was still under contract with FKF which saw the coach file a case at Court of Arbitration for Sports which has since ordered FKF to pay Amrouche Sh108 million
All this time, the government was watching the unfolding mess and Mwendwa became a marked man when women top league which was very vibrant up and running before he took over the reign at FKF stopped after his Nec members accused him of diverting money from Fifa meant for running the women top league to his club, Kariobangi Sharks. Super Sport who were official sponsors of Kenyan Premier League also fell out with Mwendwa and backed off.
From then on, Mwendwa embarked on a looting spree where money from Fifa and Caf meant to develop football locally by training coaches and referees ended up at Kariobangi Sharks while local referees were not being paid their football allowances as the federation directed that clubs should pay the referees, a move which saw corruption and bribery of referees crop in which diluted the league.
While Mwendwa embarked on a looting spree to the chagrin of football stakeholders including sponsors, FKF was accruing debts which he was not paying that saw auctioneers ascend at FKF Headquarters at Fifa Goal project in Kasarani to attach the federation’s properties over debts FKF owed after they obtained a court order to proceed with the attachment.
It was a sad day for Kenyan Football when Mwendwa, with support from hired goons, attacked the auctioneers which saw one of them killed and the matter is presently under an inquest with all accusations pointing at Mwendwa and it is just a matter of time, before he pays for his sins of killing the auctioneer who was only performing his duties under law.
Even before the ink dried following the killing of the auctioneer, Kenya was lucky to be among countries Fifa offered to buy Outside Broadcasting Van for production of international matches to reduce costs for Harambee Stars and top teams like Gor Mahia while participating in continental tournament.
Despite being put under pressure to produce the OB Van or the Sh135million Fifa gave to FKF for purchase of the van, Mwendwa has continued behaving like an ostrich by burying his head in the sand as if all is well yet local clubs participating in continental tournament are finding it hard to fund their preparations which would have been taken care of is their matches were produced by the OB Van bought by Fifa.
As if theft of the OB Van money was not enough, the blow which broke Mwendwa’s back came when Kenya qualified for 2019 Afcon in default after Fifa banned Guinea Bissau which paved way for Kenya to participate in the tournament.
The moment Kenya qualified to be for the African soccer bonanza in Cairo, Mwendwa slapped the government with a budget of Sh 244million for the team’s preparations and four weeks participation in the tournament.
While in Cairo, Kenya was in same group with neighbours Tanzania, Senegal and eventual winners Algeria. Kenya lost to both Senegal and Algeria at group stage but struggled to beat Tanzania 3-2 which means a whole Sh244 million the government gave FKF was used in preparing only to go to Cairo to beat Tanzania and come back yet the country has been beating Tanzania over the years without expensive preparations.
On Kenya’s return from Cairo, FKF asked for additional Sh19 million to take Harambee Stars to Tanzania for another round of qualification matches but the ministry of Sports through its accounting officer PS Kirimi Kaberia insisted that unless Sh244 million which FKF was given to take the team to Afcon is accounted for, there will be no more disbursement of funds to FKF.
After the ministry stood its ground that FKF must account for Afcon money, Harambee Stars travelled to Cairo for another round of qualifiers and when the ministry declined to released funds to FKF insisting on wiring the Sh4 million Mwendwa was asking for to the hotel’s account in Cairo, Mwendwa went to River Road and forged Hotel Africana letterhead and produced a fake invoice for Sh4million only to turn out that the bill was Sh1.8 million.
The noose is fast tightening on Mwendwa’s neck and with all signs that a new tenant will be at FKF offices early next year, signs that are clear that the government does not want to associate with a murderer and a looter in likes Mwendwa.
Others apart from Nyamweya eyeing the top FKF seat are former governor of Vihiga count Moses Akaranga, Alex Ole Magelo, Lordrick Aduda, Steve Mburu and Angeline Elijah.
Joho works on Coast 2022 lineup – Weekly Citizen
Mombasa governor Hassan Joho has renewed his war against Coast elected leaders who are perceived to be supportive of William Ruto’s 2022 Presidential bid. Currently, Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya is under siege from hostile MCAs suspected to be under instructions of Joho through county speaker Sammy Ruwa.
Ruwa has been a longtime Joho sidekick and has also acted as his legal adviser in the past. He has been fronted for governor seat twice but rejected. He is speaker for a second term. Towards the end of Mvurya’s first term, he has been a Ruto man. He has no time for Joho, insisting Kwale is not an extension of Mombasa county. In the last general elections, Joho had vowed to ensure Mvurya was defeated at the ballot. But this was never to be after the Mombasa governor fell out with Chirau Mwakwere who was a sure bet against Mvurya on the then popular ODM ticket.
After Mwakwere bolted out of ODM to Wiper, Joho turned to little known Issa Chipera as party candidate. Chipera literally became minced meat for Mvurya who easily beat him and made a comeback on a Jubilee ticket. Mvurya is grooming his deputy Fatuma Achani to succeed him in the next general election but observers say this is a tall order. Joho on the other hand is reportedly pushing Crop Development PS Hamad Boga for the Kwale seat against Mvurya’s candidate and Mwakwere. Another Ruto man on Joho’s radar is Kaloleni MP Paul Katana. Recently, the legislator was discharged as a member of the parliamentary investment committee in actions said to have the Mombasa governor’s hand.
Ironically, Katana was Joho’s PA when he served as Kisauni MP. But it appears other than fighting Katana for aligning himself with Ruto, he never wanted him to be MP in the first place. In the 2013 general election when Katana first contested and lost to little known Gunga Mwinga, there were allegations that ODM insiders had rigged him out. Currently, Joho is said to be financing the political activities of Mwinga to undermine Katana in the constituency. Katana has said severally that his cooperation with Ruto is because of the handshake between Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta. “I’m a loyal member of ODM with full respect to my party leader. I also support the handshake and that is why I have been working with DP Ruto to further development in my constituency,” the legislator was quoted as saying.
He has also said his cooperation with Ruto is not for selfish reasons but for the benefit of his constituents. He says the DP has presided over high profile funds drives towards public projects in his constituency. The MP says some of the people fighting him have never assisted Kaloleni to move forward but wants leaders who can bootlick them.“I’m independent-minded and I work for the interest of my people who elected me and have no time for sycophancy,” Katana says. Mohammed Ali of Nyali constituency and a close ally of the DP is another one whom Joho is scheming against. He is pushing his cousin Said Abdalla aka Saido against the Jicho Pevu.
Jicho Pevu’s recent rising political profile after he filed a motion to impeach transport CS James Macharia over chaos at Mombasa port has alarmed the Joho camp. In spite of the rejection of the motion by Speaker Justin Muturi, Ali has become a hero in Mombasa. Last week, pro-Joho Mombasa MPs led by Mvita’s Abdulswamad Nassir were doing damage control. They toured the port and pleaded with the KPA management to put out a notice affirming that usage of SGR for containers upcountry was optional. This was meant to cool the heat against them after residents began collecting signatures to recall them for failing to support Jicho Pevu motion. Another Joho political foe Aisha Jumwa of Malindi constituency is politically wounded and the Mombasa governor no longer cares what she does or says. The Malindi MP’s self-inflicted woes have dimmed her 2022 Kilifi governor bid.
Fresh political formation in Siaya ahead of 2022 – Weekly Citizen
There are plans afoot to drop Alego Usonga MP Samuel Atandi from a leading role in Senator James Orengo gubernatorial campaign team. Observers point that the surprising decision was reached after it became clear that the controversial legislator was no longer appealing to the majority of voters.
There were earlier reports of an inside analysis conducted within Siaya senator campaign inner circle that hinted the disadvantages of trusting the MP with a major role yet he was also facing stiff opposition from notable politicians in the region. The development debate comes hot on the heels of a video that went viral showing the evidently intoxicated legislator dancing suggestively during a house party attended by women, as his Gem counterpart Elisha Odhiambo cheered. Weekly Citizen has established that political formations are already regrouping in Siaya ahead of 2022 general election and a section of political leaders including top ODM party officials from Alego Usonga are not happy with Atandi’s quick move to front Senator Orengo for the county’s governorship.
Area governor Cornell Rasanga has confronted the lawmaker on a number of occasions describing his early campaigns in support of Orengo as a lack of respect for his office. The protest by the governor sparked off an anti-Atandi wave as he was immediately joined by a host of formidable politicians from Alego Usonga in castigating the MP accused of overstepping his political mandate. The local ODM party leadership led by Alego Usonga branch chairman John Orwenjo, and secretary Paul Jura reaffirmed that the party had crowned Rasanga as their bona fide patron and it was, therefore, his duty to offer political direction on matters regarding his successor. The Orengo-led group which also brings together Gem MP Elisha Odhiambo and his Rarieda counterpart Otiende Amollo has been roundly accused of leading early full-scale political activities at the expense of development.
MCAs chairman Sylvester Madialo warned Atandi to stop creating confusion among voters, adding he should hold his horse and wait for the party whistle to be blown or prepare to equally lose his seat at the ballot. The leaders including Township MCA Obiero Otare, Vincent Odawa (North Alego), Judy Okumu (West Alego), Joseph Mboha (South East Alego), and Winnie Otieno (nominated) have loudly questioned how Atandi would deliver for Orengo when he is standing on a politically shaky ground. It is claimed that the Siaya senator blocked Atandi from using his chopper to escape from a crowd that turned rowdy during a food distribution to flood victims in his constituency. It is reported that trouble started after the MP barred Usonga ward MCA Madialo from addressing his voters after the food distribution. People with disabilities who had attended the event reportedly bayed for his blood after he gave them a paltry sh100 prompting Orengo to deny the lawmaker a chopper ride in fear that associating with him would jeopardize his 2022 governorship bid.
Rogue Kisumu NGO’s money minting gimmicks – Weekly Citizen
Various stakeholders and residents of Kisumu county have called upon Nyanza regional police commander Noah Mwivanda and his DCI counterpart Daniel Kipsoi, to investigate the activities of the chairman of an NGO called Magnum Environment Network Michael Nyaguti. The NGO, it is claimed, is a briefcase one with no donor funding surviving fully on extortion and threats. By last week, a victim was planning to institute private criminal charges against the NGO.
They are accusing Nyaguti of extortion and blackmail of people under the guise of encroaching on water catchment areas and flouting environmental laws failure of which he always resorts to going to courts as an interested party of the said social vice. One of the victims narrated that sometimes back, he was developing rental houses near Lake Victoria and had been given all the required documents from the county, Nema, and all relevant authorities to commence his work only for Nyaguti to appear menacing at the site with a group of people he called officials of Magnum Environment Network accompanied by some people who looked like police officers who demanded that I show them documents in regard to what I was doing. Most developers ranging from real estate to hospitable industries are saying that they are really undergoing rough times in the hands of the said Nyaguti who on most occasions is accompanied by some rogue police officers who intimidate and threaten their respective targets with arrests. The said Nyaguti had sometimes back attempted to extort Sh5 million each from former governors Evans Kidero and Jack Ranguma, together with a senior leading civil servant under the guise that they had bought land which should have been part of Lake Victoria.
When the trio was adamant that they would not give him any money, he sued them saying they had encroached on wetlands. The same Nyaguti also sued the Kisumu county government and Nyanza Golf Club which he accused of reclaiming the wetland at the mouth of River Kisat without convening a public participatory forum, as part extortion antics but his bid has fallen on deaf ears. He had also sued Kenya Ports Authority, Kisumu after the parastatal had ordered beach management units out of its land after collecting thousands of shillings from the said victims. Recently together with other activists, they stormed Western offices of Kenya Wildlife Service demanding that they investigate a ring of cartels believed to be working in cahoots with officers to defraud victims of wildlife attacks of their compensation. After his request was rejected, he called a meeting in Kisumu with some of the victims who had not been paid and tried to convince them to give him the power of attorney so that he could press them for their payment. Efforts to get Nyaguti’s comments were fruitless while a senior KWS officer said that they have a clear policy on how KWS compensates. “KWS has no agreement with anyone to peruse payments,” he said.