Former national strikers Dennis Oliech, Dan Mariga, and a host of sports journalists claim Amina has appointed the “wrong people” as FKF care-takers! Angry callers at local radio stations while supporting moves to clean up FKF have trashed the Ringera team as “clueless” on football management
The Cabinet Secretary for youth and sports M/S Amina Mohamed is in the eye of a storm over her mismanagement of sports and in particular football the country. Amina early this month disbanded the Football Federation of Kenya (FKF), then sacked the federation’s president Nick Mwendwa and suspended the league.
She appointed a caretaker committee to be headed by a retired judge and former anti-corruption czar Aaron Ringera. But world governing football body FIFA has demanded that Nick Mendwa’s team be re-instated or risk a ban. FIFA says it has its own mechanism of resolving leadership disputes in its member federations, FIFA wants a “hands-off” approach from the government.
Former national strikers Dennis Oliech, Dan Mariga, and a host of sports journalists claim Amina has appointed the “wrong people” as FKF care-takers! Angry callers at local radio stations while supporting moves to clean up FKF have trashed the Ringera team as “clueless” on football management.
Oliech has since written a letter to the minister asking that he and other retired national team players be appointed to the caretaker committee. Ringera was director of the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) between 2008-2012. He promised to catch both “small and big” fish involved in the theft of public funds and ensure they are charged and jailed. But after four years and millions of shillings down the drain, the judge never jailed a single suspect for corruption! Nor did he recover even one shilling from the millions reported stolen and investigated by his EACC detectives. When asked to justify his huge monthly salary by city lawyer Hezekiah Abuya during a press conference, he fumed that he “deserved” every shilling he earned!
The judge even bragged that he would continue to “enjoy” the Kshs. 2 million per month despite his evident lacklustre performance! Kenyan soccer lovers say while claims of corruption at FKF need to be investigated this should not translate into “digging one hole to fill another”!
There are claims that the Ringera team already has submitted a Kshs 800 million budget for their “care-taking” mission at FKF! This is without providing any credible blueprint on how soccer standards will be improved in the country. “Some of the care-taker team members have never even kicked a football”, fumed some angry callers on FM radio.
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