- Coast region football stakeholders have blast Football Kenya Federation (FKF) election saga that they have had enough of the musical chairs at the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) and now want the Sports Ministry to step in.
The football stakeholders led by former Coast FKF Secretary, Ismael Mohammed include current and former administrators, referees, and players. They insisted that the government should put in place a normalization committee to take over the running of the sport ahead of the overdue elections.
It is understood that the current FKF regime’s term of office expired in February as per the constitution and they that ought to be respected. SDT nullified FKF county and national polls on two occasions, December and March citing irregularities in the way both exercises were conducted.
“The Sports Disputes Tribunal has been doing a good job so far, but made an error by allowing FKF president Nick Mwendwa to stay in office because any work that is remaining at the federation should be done by the Secretariat and not the presidency,” Mohammed said.
Mohamed believes that having a normalization committee will restore confidence in all those interested in elective posts and allow stakeholders to choose leaders of their choice without fear of victimization.
Since Kenya has had four normalization committees in the past, Mohammed does not see anything strange with the government putting a normalization committee in place.
He said the decision by Nick Mwendwa to skip the SDT virtual hearing on Tuesday was a clear pointer that he was no longer interested in peaceful transition and should, therefore, be ignored.
“Mwendwa should first clear his name with the Directorate of Criminal Investigation on several scandals surrounding his tenure at the federation before thinking of any elective positions in future because as things stand now, no one is interested in his leadership”, Mohammed said.
Mohammed is fazed by Mwendwa’s continued stay in office; he said it poses a real danger to the FKF finances, which he still has access to.
“It is laughable when we are told that Mwendwa should stay on to wait to hand over. That is not his work, because any NEC member and the secretariat can easily hand handover when that time comes”, he concluded.