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High Court, IIEC throw spanner at FK elections

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NAIROBI, Kenya, August 3- A legal spanner has been thrown into the upcoming Football Kenya (FK) elections works when the High Court in Kisii halted the August 13 exercise.

In a civil suit brought by human rights activist Eric Orina, High Court Judge, Milton Makhandia granted orders stopping the elections until the matter is heard and determined.

In another crippling development to the elections, the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) has denied knowledge it was set to conduct the elections since it had not been formally contacted.

In his plaint, Orina accused Football Kenya Limited (FKL), Kenya Football Federation (KFF) and the Independent Electoral Board (IEB) whom he enjoined in the suit of denying Kenyans their fundamental rights due to insistent wrangling that had brought the game to its knees.

While granting the orders, Justice Makhandia ruled the matter should be heard under a certificate of urgency, with the mention date set for August 10, three days before the scheduled elections.

The parties involved were served with the court directive on Wednesday morning as the electoral process that has been involved in a succession of setbacks suffered yet another crushing blow.

Top candidates in the forthcoming elections reacted sharply to the report, with chairmanship contender, Hussein Mohammed, accusing the IEB of scuttling the process.

Speaking to Capital Sport, Hussein called for urgent Government intervention to ensure the polls go ahead as planned to usher in a new chapter in domestic football management.

“It’s time to speak the truth. IEB has let us down completely through their incompetence and the Government needs to step in since they have failed in their mandate,” Hussein charged.

He further accused the body formed by Fifa with the blessings of The State to run the elections of embezzling funds released by the world governing body to conduct the exercise.

“The delay in releasing the lists of clubs that will vote, the list of nominees and the decision by IIEC not to run the elections shows the IEB process cannot be free and fair,” the Super Eight CEO levelled.

He added: “How will they conduct the Civic Education they promised if they have not put all the arrangements in place for the year they have been office? Every time we approach them, they dangle carrots and their incompetence has put us in a dilemma.”

The chairmanship candidate who tops the Capital Sport poll for the post at 48 percent of the online vote, called for the IEB to be disbanded to avoid any further waste of youth football talent in the country.

His running mate, Sammy Sholei, while addressing the press on the issue, stated the recent developments were another huge blow to efforts to resuscitate the game.

IIEC were tagged to the process to ensure free and fair elections and their assertion they had not been contracted by the IEB to run the process begs further questions on the ability of the board to ensure a transparent process.

Once again, Kenyan football is at limbo.

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