Football Kenya Federation (FKF) CEO Robert Muthomi has stepped aside, to permit investigations into his alleged involvement in trying to get Sofapaka striker John Avire transfer to an unidentified Egyptian club.
Over the past few days, Muthomi was under fire from both Sofapaka and fans for a purported move aimed at aiding Avire end his stay with the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) club and decamp to Egypt.
Sofapaka president Elly Kalekwa blew the whistle, accusing the FKF CEO of initiating the deal despite Avire being under contract at the team.
Shortly afterwards, a letter under the FKF seal and signed by Muthomi emerged, with Muthomi instructing the Egyptian embassy to allow the striker travel to Cairo as a fan, ahead of the 2019 AFCON final.
In his letter confirming stepping aside, Muthomi stated his innocence in the matter, trust in the FKF judicial process and confidence that he will be vindicated.
“I have this morning requested the FKF President to allow me step aside for investigations to commence….I am convinced that this is the best course of action both for public confidence in myself and the institution that is FKF.
“I am cognizant of the fact that any continued execution of the role of General Secretary while this process is ongoing may be seen as an attempt to circumvent or influence the investigation process,” he says in part.
Muthomi further clarified that his move should not be taken to mean he has resigned, as he is keen to resume duty as soon as the process is complete, which he hopes ends in his name being cleared.
“I would like to reiterate that I have not resigned my position as General Secretary and CEO of FKF, and that I believe at the end of the investigation I shall be vindicated and cleared of these malicious accusations,” he adds before declaring that he will not make further comments on the matter.
Meanwhile, the FKF President Nick Mwendwa has called for a presser on Monday 22 July at the federation’s offices, Goal Project in Kasarani, where he will give an official address over the Avire transfer saga.