Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has disbanded Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and formed a caretaker committee to run football operations in the country.
The caretaker committee will be in charge of operations for six months and will be chaired by former Chief Justice Aaron Ringera.
CS Amina proceeded with the directive after she received an audit of FKF from Sports Registrar Rose Wasike on Thursday, November 11, 2021.
In a statement, CS Amina stated that she had directed the Registrar of Sports to undertake an inspection of FKF on October 14 pursuant to Section 52 (1) of the Sports Act (2013) following an extended deterioration of the state of football management in Kenya.
The CS noted that the Sports Act allows the Ministry to intervene in the management of sports organizations where a sports organization fails to adhere to proper corporate governance processes that include financial management.
"Over the past few years, the Football Kenya Federation has faced several governance issues that have been of great concern to the Ministry. First, the Football Kenya Federation has failed to account for all the monies allocated to it by the Government.
"All beneficiaries of the Fund are as a matter of course trained on how to apply, utilize and account for the funds. The beneficiaries are also aware that they are required to fully disclose any financial assistance received from other sponsors. Football Kenya Federation has fallen short of this requirement," CS Amina stated.
The Caretaker Committee Members include:Justice (Rtd.) Ringera, General (Rtd.) Moses Oyugi, Fatma Adan (Hodi), Philip Musyimi Mue, Anthony L. Isayi, Elisha Chepchieng Kiplagat, Hassan Mahmoud Haji, Fredrick Tureisa Lekesike, Mwangi Muthee, Neddy Atieno Okoth, Ali Amour, Titus Kasuve, Richard Omwela, Bobby Ogola, and J.J. Masiga
CS Amina further appointed a Secretariat to the Caretaker Committee comprising; Linda Ogutu - Head of Secretariat, Michael Muchemi - Secretary, Lorine Nerea Shitubi - Joint Secretary, Caesar Handa, Habo Mwachiro, Edward Rombo, Hiba Hussein, Gabriel Warigi, Dr. Walter Ongeti, Rashid Khamisi Ali Shedu, Hon. Racheal Kamweru, and Robin Toskin.
The Caretaker Committee was mandated to conduct all the affairs of FKF in accordance with its constitution, and ensure it is in compliance with the Sports Act (2013).
The committee was further asked to coordinate and ensure the smooth running of FKF’s operations including team preparations of all local and international sporting events, coordinate elections of FKF in accordance to the Sports Act (2013) and the Sports Registrar’s regulations, and hand over FKF to the newly elected officials after a successful election.
This comes after the CS had snubbed a Senate summon by the Social and Welfare Committee chaired by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja.
She appealed to world football governing body FIFA not to ban Kenya, rather "help the government clean up the mess in football."
The disbanding of FKF comes on the day the Harambee Stars play the Uganda Cranes in a 2022 World Cup qualifier at St Mary's Stadium, Kitende from 4 pm.