Rwanda FA chief under fire over alleged misuse of funds
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.