Namwamba’s tough warning to Nick Mwendwa hours after FIFA lifted Kenya’s suspension
Cabinet Secretary for Sports Ababu Namwamba has warned that the lifting of the ban by the World football governing body, Fifa, isn’t a passport for corruption activities at Football Kenya Federation (FKF).
Namwamba said that the judicial processes involving FKF President Nick Mwenda will proceed, warning that the government will not condone any corruption activities at FKF and any other sports federation in the country.
Namwamba said that in his meeting with Fifa president Gianni Infantino and Confederation of Africa Football President Patrice Motsepe in Doha last Friday, he made it clear that there were still outstanding issues regarding integrity, accountability and governance at FKF.
“I am happy to report that Fifa made it clear in their letter lifting the suspension that issues relating to investigations and judicial processes will remain alive,” said Namwamba. “I told the two football bosses that even as the ban is lifted, the government will not close its eyes on issues of governance and accountability touching on FKF.”
The world governing body imposed a ban in February this year after Kenya’s sports ministry disbanded the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) over alleged misappropriation of funds and appointed a caretaker committee in November 2021.
In a letter from Secretary-General Fatma Samoura to FKF CEO Barry Otieno, a delegation comprising FIFA and CAF will be deployed to Kenya to define the next steps.
“We would like to inform you that the situation of the FKF was submitted to the Bureau of Fifa Council for consideration and decision on 25 November 2022,” FIFA Secretary-General Fatma Samoura said in a statement.
“On this occasion, the Bureau was informed of the official letter dated 4 November 2022 from the FKF General Secretary Barry Otieno to Fifa confirming that the Kenyan government as represented by the newly appointed Cabinet Secretary for Sports, the Hon. Ababu Namwamba reinstated the FKF Executive committee with immediate effect.
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