FKF denies forging document in attempt to defraud government millions of shillings
- Harambee Stars were reportedly supposed to receive KSh 4 million in accommodation from the government
- An invoice of $40,000 (KSh. 4million) was sent to the ministry who questioned the authenticity
- FKF CEO however claims the document was a rough copy and not a defrauding attempt
The embattled Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has come out to defend themselves in the face of accusations that they wanted to defraud the government of close to KSh 2 million.
On Tuesday, FKF again went into war of words with the government over alleged KSh 4 million Harambee Stars accomodation bill in Egypt, ahead of the Thursday's 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Group G Qualifier against the hosts.
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According to the federation, the national team was facing eviction from the Africana Hotel after the ministry of sports failed to settle the bill before the Egyptian government intervened by paying for them one nigh full board.
An invoice of $40,000 (KSh. 4million) was sent to the ministry who questioned the authenticity of the document which appeared to have no address or account number where the money would be paid to.
An independent report by Citizen TV showed that it would have cost taxpayers just $18,800 (KSh. 1.9million) if all the players and officials were to get a room on the full board. If the rooms were to be shared between two players and each official got their own room, it would cost slightly in excess of over a half a million.
But FKF CEO Barry Otieno defended the document saying that what they sent to the government was a "preliminary invoice" and not the final copy.
"This is politics. The invoice sent to the Ministry was a preliminary invoice and not a final one," he said
Otieno further said that a final invoice would be issued at the end of the team's stay in Alexandria.
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"The national teams have special arrangements that range from the Menu, medical room, bus hire, training pitch hire, tea breaks, gym, swimming pool recovery sessions, laundry room, storage room... etc which are not part of the hotel package. The price can never be the same if you just need full board hotel buffet and a conference room," he added.
Harambee Stars, who forced a 1-1 draw away in Egypt are expected Inthe country on Saturday. They will take on Togo in the second match on Monday at the Kasarani Statium.
Story by Elvince Joshua, TUKO.co.ke correspondent
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