Rwanda FA chief un­der fire over al­leged mis­use of funds

African Independent - - SPORT - THOMAS KWENAITE

A WEEK be­fore stand­ing for a sec­ond term as pres­i­dent of the Rwanda Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (Fer­wafa), Vin­cent Nzamwita finds him­self fight­ing a rear­guard bat­tle to clear his name fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions that he em­bez­zled fed­er­a­tion funds.

Fer­wafa vice pres­i­dent Vedaste Kayi­ranga and fed­er­a­tion lawyer Em­manuel Ndag­i­ji­mana dis­patched a let­ter to Nzamwita de­mand­ing that he ex­plain al­leged ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties on the US$100,000 sent by the Con­fed­er­a­tion of Africa Foot­ball (Caf ).

In the let­ter ad­dressed to Nzamwita, the duo have not only laid bare al­le­ga­tions of mis­use of funds, but had given the pres­i­dent 48 hours that ex­pired on Tues­day to call a gen­eral meet­ing where he should ex­plain how he utilised the fed­er­a­tion’s funds.

They fur­ther al­leged that Nzamwita has been si­phon­ing off the fed­er­a­tion’s funds for per­sonal use, al­le­ga­tions that the FA pres­i­dent, who will be seek­ing a sec­ond term of of­fice next week, has ve­he­mently de­nied.

“I am an open an trans­par­ent lead­ers,” said Nzamwita, who ex­plained that he did not mis­ap­pro­pri­ate funds but had sent a re­quest to the Fi­nance Min­is­ter to de­posit US$20,000 into his per­sonal ac­count.

“It is the money which was promised by Caf as a bonus for each FA pres­i­dent of the mem­ber fed­er­a­tions. And that is what was done,” he ex­plained.

Nzamwita is cred­ited with achiev­ing sev­eral as­pects to change Rwanda foot­ball, in­clud­ing host­ing the 2016 CHAN and sign­ing sev­eral MOUs with the Moroc­can FA and Ger­man FA and also on-go­ing con­struc­tion of a mod­ern ho­tel to help gen­er­ate funds for the up­keep of the FA.

But many also think he has un­der-scored in cer­tain as­pects like youth de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes, and un­less he comes up with a plau­si­ble ex­pla­na­tion for the US$20,000 he could be fac­ing a rough time.

In a let­ter seen by The African In­de­pen­dent and dated Au­gust 21, it reads in part: “Mr. Pres­i­dent, hav­ing worked with you on the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of FER­WAFA from Jan­uary 2014, we’re not happy with the way de­ci­sions are be­ing taken at most times, with­out our con­sul­ta­tion”

The let­ter, which is copied to the Min­is­ter for Sports and Cul­ture, Juli­enne Uwacu, fur­ther warns that if Nzamwita does not call for a gen­eral meet­ing ur­gently, they will take fur­ther ac­tion.

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