• Ferwafa members want S.G sacked over dubious Rwf 2 billion kit deal


Rwanda football governing body (Ferwafa) Secretary General Henry Muhire has lost the vote of confidence from members of the federation who want him permanently dismissed from his job after signing a contract with Dutch sportswear company Masita to supply sports kits to the national football teams without the authorisation of his employers.

Reports indicate that Muhire in May signed a contract with Masita to supply national team kits without informing the federation’s executive committee, something that reportedly angered president Olivier Nizeyimana to the extent that he considered resigning.

Addressing the General Assembly over the weekend, Nizeyimana told Ferwafa members that his office was “surprised to hear that Muhire put pen to paper on Masita’s contract without the federation’s consent” in what some members of federation described as ‘violation of authority.’

Walter Hunde Rubegasa, the president of second tier side Rugende FC, suggested that the federation should not tolerate the mistake that Muhire committed by making such a huge decision without the federation’s consent.

“This shows the signs of disorder and a lack of teamwork in the federation. I don’t understand how he signed the contract without your [Nzeyimana] knowledge yet you are his superior. I insist that, if it were me, I would dismiss him,” Rubegasa said.

Many of the members backed Rubegasa’s suggestion to see Muhire pay the price for the mistakes he committed during his six-month spell in office.

Amavubi currently wear Errea kits but the controversial contract could force Rwanda to switch to Masita, or the federation is at risk of paying Masita over USD 2 million (Rwf 2 billion) worth of fines for failure to honor the contract that their employee signed.

Masita is reported to have threatened to drag the federation to the world football governing body [FIFA] for further intervention as long as they resist abiding to the contract’s terms and conditions.

The contract is said to be one of the reasons that Muhire got suspended from his job in June before he returned to office two weeks later.

The former sports journalist, alongside former Ferwafa head of competitions Felix Nzeyimana and referee Javan Tuyisenge, are also suspected of committing crimes of forgery and falsification.

The trio is according to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB), charged with three counts of alleged forgery, falsification, and use of forged documents in an attempt to disqualify Rwamagana FC from the second division league knockout stage.

The investigation of the three suspects started a few days after Ferwafa filed a case in RIB requesting for investigation into the institution over corruption cases.

While a number of the federation’s members want Muhire dismissed, Nizeyimana called for patience as his case is still under investigation.

“Yes, what you are requesting [ to dismiss Muhirel] is possible but it can’t be done now. His case is still under investigation and we can’t take any decision until we get the outcomes of investigations. I am the federation president but I am not the executive committee… we will first have to discuss the issue,” he said.

Credit: Eddie Nsabimana.


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