Tribunal to hear case on constitution of FKF polls body

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 07:14 |
Sports Disputes Tribuanl chairman John Ohaga. PD/DAVID NDOLO

Football Kenya Federation has suffered a setback ahead of the December 7 elections after the Sports Disputes Tribunal questioned their sincerity in rejecting a petitioner’s application.

Jared Ondieki, represented by advocate Charles Ouma, had last week sought to call FKF to order over their naming of tribunal vice-chairperson Elynah Shivekah as a member of the FKF Elections Board in contravention of the Code of Ethics while the polls body chairman Edwin Wamukoya was termed an insider at the federation given his past involvement with the FKF Appeals Committee on matters club licensing. 

“We find the involvement of the two parties in this dispute as conflicting and therefore call on them to distance themselves from the exercise forthwith. The respondents (FKF and Shivekah) knew full well what they were up to and we suggest there was mischief on their part. The Vice Chair is a senior member of the tribunal where disputes are brought which then defeats the purpose of her being party to the forthcoming elections,” argued Ouma for the applicant.

The petitioner, who is a member from the FKF Nyamira Sub Branch, has in turn asked the tribunal to make an expeditious ruling of the same because it is tied on electoral misconduct which needed to be addressed to preserve the integrity of the exercise. 

His initial case that sought to have sub-branches involved in the elections had been thrown out by the tribunal, seeing as FKF amended its constitution and okayed only participation from county level.

Counsel Elvis Majani, representing FKF, said the complainant had not exhausted all internal dispute avenues and therefore the case was null and void.

After accepting the petitioners’ application, the tribunal set November 5 as the hearing date.

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