Nick Mwendwa resigned as the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president on Tuesday evening citing frustrations.
According to Mwendwa, he chose to step down because the recent arrests and detentions have affected his family and personal businesses while saying that his Vice-president Doris Petra will now assume the role of the president.
“In light of the foregoing, specifically, the frequent arrests and detentions, which have adversely affected my family and personal business and whilst I am confident I will be cleared of any wrongdoing in the end, I have today in accordance with Article 42(8) of the FKF constitution (2017)asked my Vice President Madam Doris Petra to assume all functions of the FKF president,” part of Mwendwa’s resignation letter read.
Speaking about Mwendwa’s resignation, AFC Leopards chairman Dan Shikanda has termed it insignificant because FKF was disbanded by Sports CS Amina Mohamed and football is now in the hands of the government.
“We have seen the FKF chairman has resigned and handed over his powers to his assistant Doris Petra. But his resignation is inconsequential because I am aware that football currently is in the hands of the government,” Shikanda said.
CS Amina appointed a caretaker committee to oversee football matters in a period of six months.
Shikanda further urged the government to pay his club Kshs3.3 million that FKF owed them as Star Time Broadcast grants.
He said that AFC and Gor Mahia Football clubs have suffered in the hands of Mwendwa and his team.
“It’s very unfortunate that the federation (Football Kenya Federation) deliberately brought AFC Leopards to our knees by blocking our grants. That money was to be used to pay our players their salaries but they refused to pay us our money even after our players had honoured those matches,” Shikanda said.
He added that the government decided to intervene in football matters because there were numerous irregularities with the league sponsors releasing the money for grants.