Football Kenya Federation (FKF) presidential aspirant Sam Nyamweya has scoffed at claims by the federation’s sitting vice-president Doris Petra that they are still eligible to defend their seats during the elections set for later this year.
On Wednesday, Sports Registrar Rose Wasike in letter sent to FKF CEO Barry Otieno, explained that the current regime under Nick Mwendwa took over office in 2016 and hence they have already served two terms that bars them from seeking for another term in office.
However, in a rejoinder, Petra dismissed Wasike’s claims and went further to state that they will be in the ballot come the eagerly awaited exercise.
She said as quoted by Nairobi News: “We assumed office in 2016 and the laws in that election were crafted during the tenure of Sam Nyamweya. In 2017, we had an Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Mombasa and changed the constitution. These rules were used for the first time in the 2020 polls.
“We won and served our first term from 2020 to 2023 because that is when the new constitution came to effect. We are seeking re-election because our serving under the old constitution from 2016 to 2020 can’t be counted. That is the law.”
This has caught the attention of Nyamweya, who insisted they have already served two terms and will not be eligible to vie. “For starters Petra’s sentiments are far from the truth. Football in Kenya is run under the sports act 2013. Mwendwa got into office eight years ago and is set to exit after serving the mandatory two terms limit,” said Nyamweya in a statement obtained by Africa Top Sports.
“The sports act is clear on term limits as well as the FKF constitution. Any other attempt to insinuate that Nick (Mwendwa) and team can be eligible for another term is baseless and sheer conmanship. The 2017 Mombasa AGM that she alludes to that changed the FKF constitution did not also extend his term. The FKF constitution is not superior to the act. The sports act is supreme.
“The act came into existence in 2013. And in compliance with the law as FKF we transited and aligned to the sports act in 2016. The minutes are there for reference. What Petra is saying is ignorance of the law.”
Nyamweya further explained why Mwendwa and his team should vacate office like yesterday. “The Mwendwa team has been a letdown to Kenyans and football fraternity. Kenya has continuously sunk under their watch and any more day in office will only breed anarchy. Mwendwa has overseen a run down in the federation in financial management.
“Late former President Mwai Kibaki promulgated the current constitution in August 2010 after serving eight years in the old order. When the 2013 election was called President Kibaki did not seek a new term because of change of the constitution. He exited. What Petra and her ilk are doing is day dreaming. They should exit the scene and allow new office bearers to run football in the country.”