Kenya, Mar 25 – The current Football Kenya Federation (FKF) executive will
remain in office, world football governing body FIFA said on Wednesday, declining
a request from the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) to form a normalization
for the second time cancelled the FKF elections last week and threw the entire
executive, bar president Nick Mwendwa and CEO Barry Otieno out of office,
saying their tenure was over and asked FIFA to form a normalization committee.
a response sent to CEO Otieno on Wednesday, FIFA says the SDT does not have a
jurisdiction over the Federation and the status quo remains, until a meeting
between all parties comes up with a solution.
that the SDT is not a national arbitration tribunal in the sense of FIFA
circular 1010 dated 20 December 2005. Despite the aforementioned, the FKF
surprisingly subjected to the SDT by its own initiative while it was not
obliged to so do as per its Statutes,” the statement signed by FIFA’s Member
Associations Officer Veron Mosengo-Omba stated.
It added; “This
however does not entail that the SDT decisions are binding on FIFA when it
comes to its prerogatives and remit for which the Court of Arbitration for
Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland has exclusive competence (cf. art. 57 and
58 of FIFA Statutes, 2019 edition).”
we wish to emphasize that the relevant SDT ruling has no legal effect on FIFA.”
initially gone to the tribunal seeking an interpretation on the Sports
Registrar’s threat to stop the election due to issues surrounding conforming to
the Sports Act.
Tribunal also revisited the issues it had asked the Federation to comply with
in the first instance when they dissolved the elections last year.
John Ohaga-led committee was satisfied with all steps that the Federation had
undertaken in getting set for the repeat elections, of which the branch level
had already completed, they were not satisfied with the sections of eligibility
of candidates vying for presidency.
to Ohaga, who ruled in favour of the Sam Nyamweya led faction, the eligibility
criteria for the seat of president were not all inclusive and were ‘set out to
lock other candidates’.
But in its
letter on Wednesday, FIFA insists that the rules were subjected to public participation
and no one, even in the General Assembly objected to the new rules.
the world soccer governing body says it will put the interests of all
interested parties into consideration, setting up a meeting to find a lasting
world health situation not evolve positively by 6 April 2020, we shall contact
you to explore other possibilities including a meeting by video conference. Pending
this meeting and for the avoidance of any doubt, the current FKF Executive
Committee members, including its President, shall remain in office,” FIFA
a meeting between the CS, FIFA officials together with the FKF top brass and
tribunal chair John Ohaga were set to have a meeting in Zurich in January this
year, but CS Amina asked for it to be cancelled after they met internally to
find a solution.
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