In Summary
  • FKF election a hot potato as Mwendwa and allies are facing stiff opposition from dissenters

Could Football Kenya Federation (FKF) honchos be using world football governing body, Fifa, to arm twist government?

This is the question on the lips of local football stakeholders as Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed was Wednesday night expected to lead a delegation to Zurich for talks with high-ranking officials of football's world governing body about the upcoming FKF elections.

Mohamed was to be accompanied by Sports Registrar Rose Wasike, Sports Disputes Tribunal chairman John Ohaga, FKF president Nick Mwendwa and secretary-general Barry Otieno, who confirmed the two-day talks will focus on the election impasse. (Wednesday night, unconfirmed reports indicated the CS might not travel, after all).

FLOUTING THE SAME RULES

However, a number of local football stakeholders, including former FKF vice-president Twaha Mbarak and FKF presidential aspirant Lordvick Aduda, have voiced concerns over the meeting whose agenda is unclear since Fifa already met the same officials just last month over election-related matters.

In an interview with Nation Sport on Wednesday, Mbarak said the federation is flouting the same rules that led to the cancellation of the initial elections slated for December 7, and wondered why they are imploring the government to allow them to hold an election yet they have not complied with the laws of the land. "Nobody should bend the law. We want to ensure a free and fair election. That is the bare minimum. I hope the trip to Zurich is not aimed at arm twisting the government to soften its stand on compliance with the Sports Act," Mubarak told Nation Sport.

Aduda, who is gunning for the top seat, wondered in what capacity the three government officials were meeting Fifa officials, and said that they will have a lot of explaining to do if they allow the elections to be done before conforming to the Sports Act.

“Ohaga is an equivalent of a high court judge. Why is he going to attend a meeting summoned by respondents of a case he presided over?

“If the officials agree to be arm twisted into signing a memorandum of understanding to allow FKF conduct an election, then they will need to tell the public why they wasted time postponing the previous elections,” he said.

This as Nation Sport has reliably established that Fifa and FKF officials tried to implore the government to allow them conduct elections, then comply with the Sports Act later.

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