- Officials had said the vehicle would be handed over by WTS Global in March but that did not happen
Sometime back in 2016, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa chaired a meeting comprising his then chief executive Robert Muthomi and the National Executive Committee (NEC), the federation's top decision making organ.
That gathering was aimed at brainstorming how to best to spend hundreds of millions of shillings allocated to FKF by its international affiliate Fifa as annual grants for ‘football development.’
Nation Sport has since established that this meeting initially explored the idea of channelling the funds towards constructing hostels and training grounds that will house, feed and provide training avenues for the national football team players while in camp on international duty.
This idea, it was argued, would save the federation millions of shillings that are otherwise spent on accommodation and leasing training grounds for the same purpose annually.
But that idea was overruled and the officials settled on purchasing an Outside Broadcasting Van, commonly referred to as an OB Van for a reported Sh135 million.
It is an idea that initially made economic sense at the time.
After all, South African owned pay-Tv providers DStv had stopped airing Kenyan Premier League matches at about that time and FKF, even with the little technical know-how on producing football matches and content, still believed it would plug the gap by hiring professional personnel to produce local league and international games.
This content would later be hawked to the available TV and telecommunications market via a mobile phone application.
Fast forward to today and there is increased disquiet over this project even as it emerges it was approved by Fifa and funds disbursed.
The OB Van was then ‘acquired’ and dispatched to the federation but in a strange twist of events, supposedly ‘repossessed’ by SuperSport which had sold it.
But why? Nobody seems to be in the know.
In February this year, then FKF communications officer Barry Otieno told this publication there were no irregularities surrounding the van's acquisition and that it would ‘officially’ be handed over to FKF by March 2019.
“We have been in touch with the company that was to help us procure the van (WTS Global) and they have told us that they will do the handover at the end of this month,” explained Barry at the time.
This hasn't happened.
Now serving as the acting chief executive after Muthomi was fired, Otieno appeared to shift goalposts over the same subject during an interview earlier this week.
“We are still in contact with Fifa and representatives of WTS. I cannot tell a definite date by which the van will be available.”
Nation Sport has since learnt that the OB Van has since been repossessed by SuperSport since the beginning of this year.
Sources within FKF indicate that WTS Global, the company that was paid by Fifa to procure the van from SuperSport on behalf of the federation never remitted full amounts to the firm.