FKF boss Sam Nyamweya arrested and grilled

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Sam Nyamweya was Tuesday morning arrested by Flying Squad officers and taken to the Nairobi Area CID offices for grilling.

The officers, who had gone to Mr Nyamweya’s Karen residence, were repulsed by rowdy supporters before he was eventually arrested as he left the compound.

No official statement had been released on why he was arrested by the time of going to press, but sources say he is to account for close to Sh18 million released by the State last week to facilitate the national football team’s preparations and trip to Praia, Cape Verde, for a World Cup qualification match set for Tuesday evening.

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, less than 24 hours before Tuesday’s game.

State House communication officer Dennis Itumbi laid the blame for the fiasco on FKF, saying that “the ministry had this matter sorted by Friday (last week).”

Mr Nyamweya’s arrest comes amidst reports in a documentary aired by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) accusing a senior Kenyan football official of pocketing about Sh50 million meant for football development provided by a number of donors including Fifa —which is engulfed in corruption.

Mr Nyamweya will be fighting to retain his position in the federation elections set for December 14. Former Kariobangi Sharks chairman Nick Mwendwa, Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier and Re-Union FC chairman Gor Semelang’o are eying the position.