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Senate to Amina: You have 48 hrs to appear before House Team

FOOTBALL By Jonathan Komen | November 17th 2021
Sports CS Amina Mohammed when she appeared before the Committee on Sports, Culture and Tourism in Parliament, Nairobi to respond to questions raised my members, in the ministry on Wednesday, October 27 2021 [David Njaaga,Standard]

For the third time, Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed snubbed the Senate standing committee on Labour and Social Welfare.

The committee, chaired by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, expressed dismay in the manner the CS has failed to honour summons.

Sakaja said: “I have given the CS 48 hours to respond to us and thereafter I will give a directive on the matter. We shall know the next course of action. We will notify all the stakeholders.”

On Thursday, the CS requested for more time to prepare adequately.

The team had summoned Amina to appear at the Senate yesterday to answer to queries over her directive to the Sports Registrar to undertake an inspection of Football Kenya Federation (FKF).

The House committee faulted the CS for snubbing their invites. Those present at the Thursday session included Committee members Beatrice Kwamboka and Susan Kihika as well as senators Samson Cherargei, Mutula Kilonzo Jnr and Aron Cheruiyot.

On the same day, Amina disbanded the Football Kenya Federation and appointed a caretaker committee.

The committee which will run football affairs in the country for six months is chaired by retired judge Aaron Ringera.

The move comes even as Fifa warns Kenya of ban after Amina appointed the caretaker committee.

Fifa responded to issues raised by the ministry to them and expressed their willingness to hold a meeting with FKF and Ministry of Sports as soon as possible so as to address concerns both sides may have and, all together, to decide on the way forward for the sake of Kenyan football.

On Monday, Fifa said they will not recognise the Caretaker Committee appointed by the ministry of sports.

“I have been made aware of the appointment of the so called ‘caretaker committee’ together with its secretariat in lieu of elected FKF executive….I must highlight that the appointment of the caretaker committee is undoubtedly contrary to our principles according to which all our member associations, including FKF, are required to manage their affairs independently and without influence of any third parties,” read a letter from Fifa Secretary General Fatma Samoura.

Confederation of African Football (CAF) also raised concerns over the arrest and prosecution of FKF president Nick Mwendwa.

“CAF has noted the letter from Fifa to the Government authorities in Kenya on the concerns regarding the independence of Football Kenya Federation highlighted in recent weeks. CAF supports the position of Fifa on the matter and will avail itself to meet relevant stakeholders to discuss solutions to the current impasse.

 

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