By GILBERT WANDERA
Delegates approved the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) constitution, giving the association legal mandate nine months after its formation.
The meeting to approve the constitution was largely peaceful as a result of deals hammered on Thursday.
Among the major highlights of the new document is the formation of two branches in Nairobi with an agreement that no branch elections will be held now.
Delegates also pushed to be allowed to send three representatives to the federation’s annual general meeting instead of two as had been proposed by the draft constitution.
The new constitution also mandates Division One clubs to elect their representatives to the AGM after one year.
But there was no consensus on how to accommodate a representative from the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) as the constitution demands that such a representative serves on the executive for four years.
The KPL constitution on the other hand allows the chairman of the champion club to be on the federation’s executive. FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya said they will consult with the KPL to see how best to accommodate this provision.
Nyamweya termed the passing of the constitution as a new beginning for the country.
“This document empowers us to do what we were elected to do. It is no longer about the chairman, but rather what is best for Kenyan football,” he said.
After the meeting a court order was issued to FKF officials attempting to bar them from proceeding with the business of the day.