Football Kenya Federation (FKF) presidential aspirant Herbert Mwachiro has called on football stakeholders to act swiftly and decisively to protect the game in the country.
Mwachiro said that the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) has cancelled FKF elections twice, which is a clear indication there are problems at the football governing body.
“In March 2020, the tribunal was forced to intervene again over discriminatory eligibility rules in the electoral code which had been tailored to fit the incumbent. This time they felt that the National Executive Committee (NEC) was beyond redemption and ordered them to vacate office and as it stands currently there is no NEC in office,” he said.
Mwachiro said that unfortunately, the key victims of all this underhand behaviour are those who make a living from football such as our footballers, coaches and referees.
In a statement, the aspirant said this unsporting behaviour by those tasked with protecting sports is happening in the middle of Covid-19 pandemic when our society, health and economy is under duress, meaning that we no longer have the luxury of time.
“The football community in Kenya is currently faced with hunger, health and housing issues. FKF members must act swiftly to save our football. The Constitution of the FKF makes it clear that the organization exists to protect the interests of its members. It is clear beyond any reasonable doubt that without a NEC in office football operations were limited,” said Mwachiro.
He called on the FKF General Assembly, the supreme and legislative body of FKF to act swiftly and decisively to protect football.
“FKF members must now call a Special General Assembly (SGM) under Article 31 of the FKF Constitution which compels the NEC to convene the meeting. If more than 50 percent of the delegates representing the members of FKF make such a request in writing, the agenda of this SGM will be to appoint an interim committee to oversight the election process of the Kenyan football immediately,” he said.
Mwachiro added that the electoral board should meet with stakeholders to draw up the voting road map and agree on the balloting code insisting that FKF members have the power to clean their own house.