FKF elections stalemate gives Fifa and Caf bosses reason to worry

By Rodgers Eshitemi: Friday, December 13th 2019 at 06:00 GMT +3 | Football
Football Kenya President (FKF) Nick Mwendwa addresses journalists on the state of Kenyan football at a Nairobi hotel on October 29, 2019. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.portpicha.com

World football governing body Fifa and the Confederation of African Football (Caf) are both concerned about the state of Kenya’s football following the recent cancellation of the Football Kenya Federation elections.

Last week, the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) cancelled the planned presidential polls that were to be held on December 7 while at the same time, nullified results of branch elections conducted on November 23.

This was as a result of a petition filed by Nyamira FKF sub-branch chairman Jared Nyauma and a further application done jointly by Sam Nyamweya, Lordvick Aduda, Steve Mburu, Alex Ole Magelo, Angeline Elijah and Moses Akaranga challenging the composition of the FKF Election Board and the Electoral Code.

In its ruling, the John Ohaga-led tribunal had cited improper composition of the board and lack of public participation in the formulation of the Code.

With the current regime’s term set to end on February 10, 2020, the world football governing body has sent its representative, MA Governance Services Manager Sarah Solémalé and Caf’s Chief of Staff Abdulah Marson Moustapha to the country to analyse the situation.

The two representatives on Wednesday held a series of separate meetings with FKF president Nick Mwendwa, FKF’s Electoral Board, the Sports Registrar as well as Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed.

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Fifa and Caf needed to have an understanding of what is going on and know what next,” said Solémalé.

“The current mandate ends on February 10, 2020, and we have to ensure that elections are done within the first trimester of 2020.”

 

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