MPs to summon top KBF officials

By francis marangu
Apr 04, 2014
  • Defending women's champions KPA will open their title defence campaign against NYTA-Shimba.(Photo:SNA File)

The Public Accounts Committee, PAC, will summon top Kenya Basketball Federation officials to answer to corruption allegations by players.

The Parliamentary watchdog committee met the players’ representatives on Tuesday and had the opportunity to lightly go through the evidence tabled.

PAC is now preparing to give audience to the federation at a yet to be confirmed date once they have thoroughly scrutinized the documents in their possession.

A copy of the federation’s audited accounts for the last financial year forms the bulk of the evidence where the players are alleging massive corruption.

They claim most of the figures reflected in the accounts don’t add up informing their suspicion of foul play. Sportsnewsarena.com understands the committee felt the players presented a solid case to warrant the summons.

“On our part, we have done what was necessary. It is good that the federation which we are accusing of corruption will be given a hearing and we call on everybody to wait for the probe to be completed,” said Denis Opiyo who led the players’ delegation to the meeting.

Until the summons are issued, it is not clear who among the federation’s top brass will be required to appear before PAC.

League kick off this weekend

Seperately, the 2014 national classic league starts this weekend after players softened their earlier stand of blocking the resumption in court.

Fixtures released by the federation early in the week attracted opposition with the players claiming they were not involved.

However, it later emerged that they were tentative fixtures for April pending the formation of the fixtures committee that will come up with the entire season fixtures.

A communication from fixtures secretary Joseph Amoko indicated that full fixtures for the entire season will be ready by May 4. Men premier league defending champions Co-operative Bank will open their campaign against Thunder on Sunday in a replica of last season’s opener.

Newcomers Equity Bank will face off with Strathmore University while Ulinzi Warriors travel to Rift Valley for a duel with Nakuru Club.

The other match will see Kenya Ports Authority, KPA, play host to Kenya Airports Authority, KAA. Women premier league champions KPA will be at home to play NYTA-Shimba as Eagle Wings tackle Safe Spaces in Nairobi. Other matches in the women premier have Co-op Bank playing Western Delight, Mennonite up against Kenya College of Accountancy- University, KCA-U, as Kenya University Oryx welcome Footprints to the league. Ulinzi Blades, another new team in the league, will play against Sprite Storms.

Men’s division one league also begins over the weekend with eight matches on the cards in Nairobi, Thika and Mombasa.

Full Fixtures: Saturday- Lakeside vs Umoja (12pm, KSG), Western Delight vs Co-op Bank (10am, KPC), MKU-Kakamega vs Eldonets (12pm, KPC), Mombasa County vs Parklands Baptist (12pm, KPA), KPA vs NYTA-Shimba (2pm, women premier), KPA vs KAA (4pm, men premier), Trailblazers vs Zetech College (9am, World Hope), Dankid Academy vs World Hope (10:30am), KCA-U vs JKUAT (12pm), Little Prince vs Barclays Bank (1:30pm), Eagle Wings vs Safe Spaces (3pm), Nakuru Club vs Ulinzi (12pm, MHS); Sunday- Baraka X-Treme vs JKUAT (11am, Thika High), KCA-U Mennonites ( 9am, Nyayo Gymnasium), Footprints vs KU Oryx (10:30am), Ulinzi vs Sprite Storms (12pm), Strathmore University vs Equity Bank (2pm), Thunder vs Co-op Bank (4pm).