FKF should have all-inclusive elections – Sports PS Okudo

The Ministry of Sports’ Principal Secretary Joe Okudo has asked Football Kenya Federation to consider an all-exclusive election soon.

The election has been a subject of contention with presidential aspirants arguing the incumbent Nick Mwendwa has tinkered with the eligibility demands to ensure he has a higher chance of successfully defending his position.

As reported by the People Daily, the PS directed FKF to relax some of its rules which inhibit candidates from vying for elective posts. He also went on to say the KSh300,000 nomination fee and requirement of having a football team in FKF leagues for the last three years is untenable.

The PS believes any candidate cleared by state investigating agencies should be allowed to participate in the elections.

“Such decrees by the federation going to the belated polls are dumbfounding and need not be applied and this should not be construed to mean that the ministry is interfering with the elections,” Okudo said.

“What the ministry is merely doing is advising the federation on the way forward.”

Okudo has also asked the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) to conclude cases presented to it soonest to facilitate smooth resumption of football.

“The ministry has all along supported SDT but all we want is for it to deliver all arbitrations early for football activities to continue.

“We will also support any rightfully elected FKF candidate as well as any decision that will be taken by Fifa.”

“What the ministry is merely doing is advising the federation on the way forward.”

Okudo has also asked the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) to conclude cases presented to it soonest to facilitate smooth resumption of football.

“The ministry has all along supported SDT but all we want is for it to deliver all arbitrations early for football activities to continue.

“We will also support any rightfully elected FKF candidate as well as any decision that will be taken by Fifa.”