Petition to disband FKF a risky affair- Nyamweya

Football Kenya Federation presidential aspirant Sam Nyamweya has urged stakeholders to withdraw petitions to disband the current office in favour of a caretaker committee until the new office is elected.

The veteran administrator states the move might put the country at loggerheads with the world football governing body Fifa.

Nyamweya says coming up with a parallel federation is not a viable option and has distanced himself from such a move.

The following is a signed statement by Nyamweya obtained by SPORTS AFRICA.

“My attention has been drawn to multiple petitions purportedly by football stakeholders agitating for different courses of action in the quest to achieve electoral and wholesome justice in respect of the holding of Football Kenya Federation elections that are long overdue.

“While this is a good move because petitions are a legitimate route to agitate for issues and get the attention of public authorities, it is imperative that the craft of the final document is done with utmost keenness so as to avoid projecting issues in a manner that offends the same laws that petitioners want to have adhered to.

“Accordingly, I wish to caution that some of the issues contained in the petitions are an affront to the course of justice as it is likely to put stakeholders on a collision path with the world football-governing body – Fifa – and the government of Kenya. Specifically, I point out that stakeholders must avoid petitions agitating for the following:-

“Advocacy for disbandment of the Football Kenya Federation or appointment of a caretaker committee in any other way apart from in the manner directed by the Sports Disputes Tribunal in its ruling of 17th March 2020. For the avoidance of the doubt, Section 54 of the Sports Act 2013 cannot be invoked without there being an inspection and as such the Cabinet Secretary for Sports lacks the locus to act in that respect and therefore the only best route for the current stalemate to be unlocked is through the route taken by the SDT (invoking Section 59 of the Sports Act 2013) in compliance to Fifa’s proposal for dialogue.

“We must be careful and resist the temptation to imagine that, at this point in time, registering a parallel federation is a viable option. I will never support any such move and I caution all well-meaning stakeholders to avoid that route.

“Further, I advise that the only petition that would earn legitimate support and the attention of the authorities, namely Fifa and the Government of Kenya must be fashioned to bring out the following:-

“That Stakeholders are committed to the total adherence to the Kenyan Constitution and Fifa Statutes in a manner that promotes the values enshrined in the law. In this regard, the petition seeking a collaboration between Fifa and the Government of Kenya to facilitate dialogue between the stakeholders with a view to holding free, fair and credible elections at the earliest opportunity is the most ideal one which will earn it’s commendation to the authorities.

“Let us be reminded that the SDT ruling of 17th March 2020 has cleared the way regarding very many of the issues and we must now be focused on getting to the end instead of going back to agitate the same issues whose contention is no longer an issue.

“Every action and step we take must be in compliance with the decision of the SDT and all other written law.”

Nyamweya faults Mwendwa for sharing ex-Stars captain’s Covid-19 status

Former Football Kenya Federation chairman Sam Nyamweya has faulted the incumbent FKF president Nick Mwendwa for sharing retired Harambee Stars captain Musa Otieno’s Covid-19 status to the public.

Reports reveal that Otieno’s health condition was first disseminated to the general public by the federation, an act that Nyamweya terms unethical and a big shame.

Hours after it was reported that Otieno was hospitalized for coronavirus on Tuesday, Kenyans of good will streamed to all social media platforms showing solidarity with the former Kenyan international defender.

However, Nyamweya did not find any wrong doing in the country standing with its legend, but bashed Nick Mwendwa for the “height of irresponsibility and shameless insensitivity to reveal an individual’s health condition without due process. Sports Africa has established.”

“It is disturbing to learn that the source of this private information on the health condition of an individual is Football Kenya Federation, which, through its outgoing president Nick Mwendwa, gave out this information to the public,” Nyamweya regretted.

“While Kenyans are right in standing in solidarity with their national team legend, it is a big shame that information exclusively meant to be confirmed by the family or next of kin of the patient is now in the public domain through unauthorized persons.

“It is the height of irresponsibility and shameless insensitivity for any individual to disseminate to the public through whichever platform or whatever the motivation would be, to share information about someone’s health.”

Kenya, like the rest of the world, is grappling with serious effects of coronavirus, among them stigma and victimization. The country has so far recorded over 6000 positive cases with over 140 fatalities.

In view of the above information, Nyamweya reiterated that such sensitive matters can only be shared to the public by authority of an individual (patient).

“Personal health is a very private matter and information relating to that can only be subject of public knowledge by authority of the individual, their family and/or next of kin.

“If indeed it is the federation that, through Mwendwa’s authority, which made this information public then one is left wondering how lower we have sunk in our moral axis in the name of trying to be relevant.

“Of what value would it be to the federation or to any other person for that matter to share such private information when not even government which releases Covid-19 data on a daily basis has never been tempted to reveal the identities of the victims of the pandemic to the public?
“Shame on those responsible for this callous act of going ahead to share images of those battling the disease in their ‘worst’ condition in the name of procuring sympathy from the public.”

The FKF presidential aspirant also cautioned that individuals should exercise their freedom of expression without falling into the temptation of meddling in people’s private health matters.

“Yes, those who have tested positive and currently battling Covid-19 need our sympathy and prayers but the same should not be procured through careless exposure and irresponsible, near savage, sharing of private information.

Let us all be reminded of the responsibility that the freedom of expression as a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution comes with and resist the temptation to meddle into people’s private health matters, especially during this pandemic.” Nyamweya warned.

SPORTS AFRICA has not independently read where exactly is Musa Otieno admitted.

Mwendwa and his cronies will not escape justice – Nyamweya

Football Kenya Federation presidential aspirant Sam Nyamweya has told incumbent Nick Mwendwa he will never escape from justice despite filing several cases in court for protection.

On Tuesday, June 16, Football Kenya Federation was handed a temporary reprieve after a High Court in Mombasa suspended Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) from entertaining any proceedings against a petition filed against it, is heard and determined on June 16.

The petition was filed by Gabriel Mghendi and Lilian Nadundu who are FKF Coast National Executive Committee Members as the first and second petitioners respectively.

“Whatever Nick Mwendwa and his cronies do, it does not matter how many courts they will go to on this land, they will never escape from the justice and it does not matter, they can go to 15 or 20 courts but we will not leave them and even those courts will not help them,” Nyamweya said as quoted by Goal.

“We very well know they want to cling onto power to hide many of their bad deeds, but Kenyans and football stakeholders will not accept, we will smoke them out, we will go to those courts, wherever they go, they have filed more than five cases, and we will follow them there.”

The veteran administrator insists regardless of where the current regime files the case, they will not hide from justice and truth.

“It does not matter, justice will follow them, it does not matter how they conflict themselves, they file a case in Kericho, they file a case in Muranga and another one in Mombasa, but we will follow them there, that is in Kenya and unless they go to the moon, and no matter what they do, we will follow them, and justice will have to prevail.

“They will never hide away from the truth and justice must be done to Kenyans to regain their football, and elections will be done, a free and fair exercise, let them know that from today. We will follow them to Mombasa, even in Wajir, they have been going to court and not us, but their time is running out.”