County Football Associations confront FKF over 2024 elections strategy


FOOTBALL County Football Associations confront FKF over 2024 elections strategy

Festus Chuma 21:00 - 10.01.2024

FKF's 2024 election plan faces legal challenge over reuse of disputed '2020 electoral code', sparking controversy in Kenyan football.

 The Football Kenya Federation's (FKF) roadmap to the 2024 elections encountered significant turbulence following objections raised by the County Football Association (CFA) against the electoral code intended for use in the upcoming polls.

Wilfred Marori, the Nairobi branch secretary of the CFA, has fervently called upon Sports Registrar Rose Wasike to prevent the FKF from employing the same electoral code that was utilized in the 2020 elections. 

In a detailed letter, Marori highlighted the reasons behind his opposition: “It has come to our concern that our national sports organisation (FKF) called for a National Executive Committee (NEC) on January 6, 2024, which decided that the Electoral code used in the 2020 polls will be used in the coming elections late this year for what they termed as consistency and transparency purposes."

Marori underscored the legal discrepancies in the FKF's approach, stating, "The FKF Electoral Code 2020 was challenged in the Sports Disputes Tribunal ruling no 5 of 2020 and it was found not suitable for use.” 

He emphasized that the code in question does not align with the Sports Registrar Regulation Act of 2016 and contradicts the stipulations of the FKF's own constitution.

This legal contestation sets a precarious stage for the FKF, particularly as it prepares for its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in March 2024, a precursor to the elections scheduled for October.

The electoral process's integrity is critical in determining the federation's leadership future, where notable figures like former boss Sam Nyamweya, Tom Alila, Lordvick Aduda, and ex-footballer Samuel Kempes Owino have expressed interest in the presidency. 

Additionally, Extreme Sports Chief Executive Hussein Mohammed is rumored to be a potential candidate, though he has not made a formal announcement.

Marori's activism extends to social media, where he has openly criticized the FKF's handling of the electoral process. 

“Football Kenya Federation continues to do injustice to their members by forcing 2020 Electoral code which was found unsuitable for use by the court of law," Marori stated in a social media post. 

He accused the FKF of attempting to marginalize its opponents and warned of legal repercussions for any manipulation of the election process.

Furthermore, Marori raised alarms over the FKF's financial transparency, noting the lack of audited financial reports for the past three years. 

He ominously predicted that this could lead to legal consequences for the federation's officials, including potential investigations by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

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