Nairobi County Football Association asks Ababu Namwamba to publish FKF election roadmap
The Nairobi County Football Association (NCFA), a splinter group within the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) that manages the country’s football, yesterday sent a demand letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Sports Youth and the Arts, Mr Ababu Namwamba, requesting the roadmap to FKF’s elections set to take place on February 24, 2024.
“I am writing to you to demand a timely roadmap to Football Kenya Federation elections to avoid inconveniences, taking into consideration that we only have five months remaining to national elections,” began the letter signed by the NCFA’s Secretary General Wilfred Marori.
This demand letter comes three weeks after CS Namwamba vowed that FKF elections will be held in 2024 but did not give a detailed way forward.
“Due date of election must be respected. The process must include inclusivity and all issues must be addressed and respected. The elections must be on February 24, 2023. The process must adhere to the Sports Act,” vowed CS Namwamba in September 2023 after receiving NCFA’s first petition letter.
The NCFA had petitioned CS Namwamba to intervene and see to it that FKF elections are held after failing to follow the law.
“The FKF failed to comply with the Sports Act provisions and terms and conditions which were given and enlightened in the certificate of registration which includes that the organization reviews its Constitution in line with the Kenyan Constitution 2010, the Sports Act no 25 of 2013 and its national statues,” read NCFA’s initial complaint letter.
Additionally, the NCFA reminded CS Namwamba that FKF was to hold elections within 90 days from the date of the certification which was issued on May 24, 2018, and they were at risk of losing the certification.
In addition to demanding a roadmap to the election, the NCFA also requested an extension to county football elections whose tenure is set to expire on October 19, 2023, due to contentious issues.
“The contentious areas to be agreed on include: electoral code amendments to align with Sports Registrar Act 2016 section 20, the electoral board which will conduct this election, voters register, plan of events, and election dates for country level. There is also a need to engage FIFA in the whole process as you come up with a normalization committee in accordance with section 54 of the Sports Act 2013 to avoid any possible suspensions or bans,” added Mr Marori.
FKF elections are to be held every four years.