Football stakeholders in the country have called on the government to make sure the forthcoming Football Kenya Federation (FKF) are conducted under the Sports Act 2013.
The federation is set to go to polls later thos year with the date for the exercise set to be made public during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) set for March 16 in Nairobi.
Led by Wilfred Marori, Secretary Nairobi County Football Association, Charity Wangoma (Mama Diouf), Uasin Gishu County Women Rep and Zablon Mwanyumba secretary Taita Taveta County Football Association, the delegates in a meeting held in Nairobi, further called for impunity of football management to come to end.
Below is the full statement as obtained by Africa Top Sports.
We have gathered here today as football stakeholders in this country (more so complaints and champions of the Sports Act 2013 – Revised) to reprobate the 2020 FKF Electoral Code as proposed by the Football Kenya Federation National Executive Committee 6th January 2024.
The 2020 electoral code was found not suitable for use because:i) It did not go through public participation) It locks some clubs and other aspirants from participating in FKF elections.iii) It violates the rights of Kenyan citizens.
We also reiterate on the appointment of the electoral board members. We cannot go to elections where our opponents appoints and ratifies electoral board members, the host them in the FKF offices at goal project Kasarani, the board which is suppose to be independent are answerable to Football Kenya Federation National Executive Committee members, and we have earlier experienced a situation where they appoint their former employees to the board.
Our demands hereby are that the country’s electoral board (IEBC) to be tasked to conduct the forthcoming elections as it happened in 2011 for free, fair and credible FKF elections.
Finally, the voters register should come from the sports registrar only because that’s the office mandate to register and regulate sports organizations. Currently, FKF national office have requested their branch officials to submit legible clubs and delegates who are going to vote in the forthcoming elections even before the electoral code is in place.
This is direct rigging of elections.We are encouraging the government through the ministry of youth affairs and sports to walk the talk, make sure that FKF elections are done under sports act 2013. Impunity in football must come to an end. We know FIFA has goodwill to adhere with the laws, the threats of ban should not arise.
We have complied from grassroot hence no way national level cannot comply with the provisions of the sports act as well. We equally support the sports registrar regulation letter to FKF.