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Senate Committee to determine FKF polls fate

FKF President, Sam Nyamweya during the launch of his election manifesto in 2011.
FKF President, Sam Nyamweya during the launch of his election manifesto in 2011.

NAIROBI, October 8 – The forthcoming Football Kenya Federation elections may fail to take place after a presidential aspirant recommended to the Senate Labour and Welfare Committee to stop the exercise that is scheduled to get underway October 29 at the Sub Branch.

This follows after the Registrar of Sports Rose Wasike informed the committee chaired by Kilifi Senator, Stewart Madzayo that FKF is operating illegally after failing to comply with the 2013 Sports Act as required by the constitution of Kenya.

However, the deliberation to nullify the elections will be determined by the Senate who summoned Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Arts and Culture, Dr. Hassan Wario, the Registrar of Sports and FKF President, Sam Nyamweya.

“Even if FKF complies it means they shall have interim members in the office to run the federation for six months thereafter an election done using the Sports Act rules. The clubs therefore shall vote from Sub Branch to national office,” Wario told the committee.

A substantial number of clubs in the 1,712 released by FKF may end up not participating in the elections that are slotted to culminate November 13 with the nationals, since they have not complied with the Sports Act including the 16 Kenyan Premier League clubs.

The committee directed FKF to seek compliance with the Sports Act 2013 before seven days but the federation suffered a blow after Wasike noted the federation failed to make the deadline that was closed.

From the meeting, possibility is that the elections could be pushed back to up to six months to allow the federation put its house in order after aspirants questioned the credibility of the vetting of clubs mandated to vote.

The committee will present its recommendations after the two meeting to the Senate for a possible direction on what will happen with the elections.