Nick Mwendwa accuses Ohaga of interfering with Kenya’s football affairs

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Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa has called on Sports Dispute Tribunal Chairman John Ohaga to stop meddling in football affairs.

On Tuesday SDT Chairman had called for stakeholders consultative meeting aimed at deliberating a fresh road map towards fresh football elections that have been canceled twice because of irregularities in the way the process was conducted.

Mwendwa accused the Chairman of trying to be both a judge and an arbitrator saying that  Ohaga should settle for one role.

“If Ohaga wants to be the Fkf Chairman he should announce his candidature instead of causing confusion in the matter of election,” he whined.

He said that he doesn’t understand why the judge made his decision on that matter but still called for arbitration.

According to Nick the election’s date will be announced by Fifa once things return to normal saying that the Covid Virus is the reason why they have not been conducted.

“Fifa will give us the date of the elections because they don’t want it to be conducted electronically and once the covid situation is addressed the elections will be conducted,” he added.

The Sports tribunal had on December 3, 2019, nullified the elections, citing inadequate public participation on the Electoral Code as well as an improperly constituted Electoral Board.

FKF moved to conduct public participation on the code in all the 20 Branches.

The National Executive Committee also reconstituted the Board, one that was passed at the Federation’s Special General Meeting held on January 28, 2020, as is required by the Federation’s constitution.

The Board was mandated with conducting repeat elections, which were scheduled for March 14, 2020 (County Elections), and March 27, 2020 (National Elections).

In a suit filed by the Federation against the Registrar of Sports, and which interested parties, listed as challengers, were also enjoined, the SDT moved to yet again cancel the national elections that had been scheduled for March 27, 2020.

The tribunal cited punitive eligibility criteria in Section 4 of the FKF Electoral Code, one that had undergone proper public participation as alluded to by the tribunal in its ruling, and had been passed by the Federation’s General Assembly as is required by the FKF Constitution.

SDT also moved to disband the Federation’s National Executive Committee, a move that World Governing Body FIFA, however, did not agree with, in its letter dated March 25, 2020.

Among the representatives who took part in the consultative forum which was held via video link was the Sports Registrar, Kenya Premier League (KPL) Ltd, Kenya Footballers Welfare Association (KEFWA).

The aspirants included Herbert Mwachiro, Sam Nyamweya, Bonface Osano, Sally Bolo, Robin Toskin, Seth Onsario, and Moses Wakhisi.

Ohaga downplayed the decision by president to snub the virtual meeting saying that Mwendwa was ‘merely a potential aspirant’ in the polls and thus had a right to stay away.

 

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