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Kenya: Ex-KBC bosses acquitted fraud charges


The Star

August 17th, 2012

TWO former senior managers at the the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation were yesterday acquitted of charges of flouting procurement rules during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. While acquitting former managing director David Waweru and company secretary Hezekiah Oira, senior principal magistrate Lucy Nyambura said the prosecution failed to call a witness from the world soccer governing body, FIFA, to testify in the case.

The magistrate further said FIFA did not complain over the broadcast and there was therefore no evidence to convict Waweru and Oira. She said the two did not directly negotiate for the deal. Nyambura further said KBC had over the years obtained exclusive rights to broadcast the matches and there was no justification in bringing the charges.

The two had been charged with failing to comply with procurement law, when they directly procured contracts with Fifa and African Union of Broadcasters, to relay the matches, without approval of the Central Tender Committee. Among the complainants in the case were RADIO Africa, which entred into an agreement with the KBC to share rights equally to relay the World Cup.

Radio Africa complained that the state broadcaster breached an agreement giving them exclusive rights to transmit the matches. However, KBC breached the contract when it allowed Citizen TV to broadcast the tournament. In the deal, KBC was to get 60 per cent of revenue collected jointly and Radio Africa the rest. But the magistrate said the Radio Africa can file a civil suit and seek damages over the breach because the KBC-Radio Africa Partnership was civil in nature

South Africa duped by fixers before World Cup – FIFA


Chicago Tribune

FIFA Volleyball World Cup 2010
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Mark Gleeton, Reuters

March 5th, 2012

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa were duped into allowing an Asian match fixing syndicate to provide them with referees for a series of warm-up games before they hosted the 2010 World Cup, FIFA security chief Chris Eaton said Monday.

The outcome of friendly internationals against Thailand, Colombia, Bulgaria and Guatemala in the weeks leading up to the tournament are all in question after FIFA found the match officials had been provided by a Singapore-based company, fronting for match fixers…Eaton suggested the South Africans were duped rather than complicit in any deceit.

“It should also be said that to date there is no information, suggestion or evidence that any player or team, including the national South Africa team, was in any way complicit with any attempt to manipulate a match outcome,” he said…Read more.

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