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Employment court freezes FKF accounts over Williamson compensation

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 30 – The Employment and Labor Relations Court on Thursday gave an order to freeze Football Kenya Federation’s (FKF) accounts over unpaid compensation owed to ex Harambee Stars coach Bobby Williamson.

Williamson moved to court suing the Federation for unlawful dismissal after he was sacked as the national team boss in 2016 and was subsequently awarded slightly over Sh57mn after winning the case.

However, the Federation failed to remit the amount and Williamson moved back to Court, with presiding judge Justice Byram Ongaya ordering the accounts frozen.

“That the application herein is certified as urgent and service upon the garnishee be dispensed within the first instance on account of its urgency,” the rulin from Justice Ongaya, as quoted by Daily Nation stated.

It added; “That an ex-parte order be issued against the garnishee herein attaching forthwith all the funds held in a bank account numbers.”

“That a hearing date be set for confirmation of the attachment order absolute and to facilitate  immediate release  by the garnishee of the sum of Ksh Sh57,371,363,33 from the funds held in the subject bank account  to the decree holder through its advocates on record,” Justice Ongaya further directed.

Williamson was sacked as the Stars boss in 2016 when the current office came in, with Stanley Okumbi appointed in his place.

The Scot who has previously coached Uganda Cranes then instituted legal proceedings against the Federation at the Employment and Labor Relations Court seeking compensation for unlawful dismissal.

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This comes on the backdrop of another compensation claim by another former coach, Adel Amrouche. The Belgian was fired by former FKF boss Sam Nyamweya and consequently took the case to FIFA who awarded him a total of Sh108mn for unlawful dismissal.

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