International Federation of Association Football , FIFA has called on the government through Sports CS Amina Mohammed to consider the reinstatement of the now disbanded Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Executive committee.
In a letter directed to CS Amina by FIFA’s secretary general Fatma Samoura, the world football governing body has warned of dire consequences should the ministry fail to do away with the Aaron Ringera led caretaker committee it appointed last week.
The committee has been tasked with overseeing all football activities for the next six months with the fate of FKF President Nick Mwendwa who was on Monday arraigned in court still uncertain.
According to Samoura, appointing a caretaker committee to manage football affairs is ‘undoubtedly contrary’ to FIFA’s principles that require all their member associations to manage their affairs independently and without undue influence by any third parties.
“In particular, I must highlight that the appointment of a so-called “Caretaker Committee” by your office is undoubtedly contrary to our principles according to which all of our member associations, including the FKF, are required to manage their affairs independently and without undue influence of any third parties (cf. art. 14 par. 1 lit. i) and art. 19 par. 1 of FIFA Statutes). This situation could therefore potentially lead to a suspension of the FKF by FIFA and, in such a case, it would be all of Kenyan football that would suffer the consequences”.
FIFA is open to dialogue with all parties but insists that the duly elected Executive Committee takes charge of things first.
“As a matter of fact, I am receptive to the need of a common discussion through a videoconference call that we may organise without further ado. My collaborators will contact your office accordingly to settle the logistical details as soon as possible”
“Going forward, without prejudice to the allegations that have been raised and any potential trial for offences that may have been committed, FIFA and CAF are asking you to consider the reinstatement of the FKF executive committee as prior thereto. FIFA and CAF administrations are prepared to work closely with the FKF and your office representatives – as it has already been the case in the recent past to normalize the situation”.