Football stakeholders question Ababu Namwamba’s move to reinstate FKF
Officials of County Football Associations in 10 counties have taken issue with the way Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba reinstated the Football Kenya Federation National Executive Committee.
They termed the move illegal and unlawful.
Led by Trans Nzoia County Football Association Secretary Zacharia Ndungu the officials argued the decision to disband NEC by Namwamba’s predecessor Amina Mohamed was upheld by the High Court ruling on May 10, 2022.
The officials from Trans Nzoia, Vihiga, Nandi, Markwet, Taita Taveta, Machakos, Uasin Gishu, Nairobi, Mandera, and Mombasa counties have sought audience with Namwamba in his Maktaba Kuu offices on Thursday
Amina disbanded NEC and de-gazetted it on November 11, the same day the FKF Caretaker Committee was also gazetted to take charge of the management of football in the country.
She took the decision after the inspection report revealed massive misuse of funds at the federation.
“NEC was removed by the High Court and FKF lost the court case. This has never been contested or appealed. How come they are being reinstated yet they are non-existent? We want to advise the minister on this because this is a decision that should be rescinded as it amounts to contempt of court,” said Ndungu.
The officials also said their main aim is for Namwamba to know the truth because he has been advised on the issues and claimed many were misleading him in the pretense that it would help Kenya get off the Fifa hook.
Kenya is currently serving a Fifa ban dating back to February of 2022.
After the disbandment of the NEC, Amina formed the FKF Caretaker Committee whose term ended in May, 2022.
She then gazetted the FKF Transition Committee and extended its term thrice until October 27, 2022.
“As it stands and if we were to follow the Sports Act which Namwamba put in place in 2013, then the only way out is to have a Normalization committee,” he added.
Ndungu asserted that they would want to know how the inspection report would be implemented now that Namwamba has reinstated FKF’s NEC.
He also claims that though the term of the FKF Transition Committee has ended it should have been gazetted before any other body including Nec is reinstated.