FKF Wants Registration Deadline Extended

By francis marangu
Oct 28, 2021
  • John Ohaga directed Kennedy Ombati, the FKF lawyer to serve all parties ahead of the mention on November 3.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has sought for an extension of a deadline given by the Sports Disputes Tribunal to register in line with Sports Act 2013.

On August 18, the tribunal gave FKF 60 days to register beginning August 28 when they held their annual general meeting. The deadline expires on Tuesday midnight amid speculation  that a top contender in the upcoming elections is planning to carry on with the registration process.

In the effort to avert a possible standoff, FKF has returned to the tribunal seeking extension of the registration deadline to December 30. “I am here Mr. Chairman to seek for extension of the deadline. The elections board extended dates for the AGM to December 10 which has caused logistical challenges,” lawyer Kennedy Ombati appearing for FKF pleaded.

The tribunal chaired by John Ohaga suspended the deadline for seven days to allow Ombati serve all parties ahead of the mention on November 3.

The case challenging FKFs eligibility was filed by Julius Iganji in July.

In another case, the unending leadership wrangles at Kenyan Premier League club AFC Leopards have found their way to the tribunal’s desk. The faction led by chairman Mathews Opwora has sought the tribunal to declare them legal office bearers of the club's leadership.

The Opwora team comprises Maurice Milimo Amana (deputy chairman), Maurice Osundwa (secretary general), Suleiman Angulu (deputy secretary general), Noah Wanyama (organizing secretary), Okiya Dindi (treasurer), Carolyne Mayunzu (deputy treasurer) and Nancy Murata who is a member of the executive committee.

Followed club Constitution

Osundwa who represented the petitioners at the tribunal sitting said they held their annual general meeting on January 24 at the Railways Club as per the club constitution. He added that the elections were overseen by among others officials from Kenya National Sports Council and Registrar of Sports with minutes circulated to all stakeholders including KPL, FKF and Ministry of Sports.

They claim the second faction led by Daniel Mule is illegally in office and should vacate to pave way for their leadership which they termed as ‘legally recognized’. Osundwa said; “Petitioners have sought audience with this tribunal to get facts about registration process which every club is entitled to.

One of their complaint is that the defendants are former officials and as it stands now, there has been a leadership vacuum at the club which is operating illegally.” Osundwa further claimed that the opposing camp has been using documents from the Registrar of Societies which are not recognized under the new sports laws.

“The defendants are in office illegally. They have refused to vacate and stuck with unrecognized documents.” Issues touching on a similar case in court whose ruling is expected on Wednesday came up but Osundwa said they are not interested parties in the proceedings.

The petitioners were directed to serve all parties in seven days for mention of the case on November 3.