FIFA has denounced the football Kenya stakeholders meeting held yesterday via Zoom, conducted by Sports Disputes Tribunal Chairman John Ohaga.
FIFA’s head of Chief member associations’ officer for Africa Veron Mosengo tells soka25east.com that the meeting did not adhere to both FKF and FIFA statutes.
“We do not recognise such a meeting as it was not organised by the federation neither did it adhere to both FKF and Fifa statutes,” Mosengo said.
“I don’t know why people are in a hurry and yet I was very clear once the travel ban is over Kenya will be our first stop.Football stakeholders must adhere to the rules and regulations” he added
The FKF declined an invite to attend the Zoom meeting held yesterday by the SDT.
In a letter signed by FKF President Nick Mwendwa, the federation says it has acted on World Football Governing’s body, Fifa’s advice on the matter.
“The federation is of the considered view that this contest between it and the challengers has gone full circle through a heavily contested litigious and adversarial process which culminated with the tribunal decision of March 17 which made no positive order directing or requiring the federation to undertake any process (es) or to perform any act,” the letter reads in part.
“The federation is duty-bound to comply with the directives already taken and communicated by Fifa to the tribunal. Fifa is expected to communicate a way forward to the federation after the COVID-19 pandemic is contained. FKF will await Fifa’s direction and communication on how the elections will be concluded and the communication will be shared with the Tribunal.
“Subsequently, we are unable to engage the Tribunal on the virtual round table discussion on the account of the foregoing,” the letter concludes.
But Ohaga insisted during yesterday’s meeting that Mwendwa’s absence was of no consequence as he was ‘merely a potential aspirant’ in the polls and thus had a right to stay away.
“That is alright and the tribunal has no difficulty in that. As far as elections are concerned, he (Mwendwa) is merely a potential candidate and he can avail himself or decline from the forum. We will try to the best of our abilities to try and get a feel of what the football stakeholders feel should be the way forward,” Ohaga said.
Despite the absence of Mwendwa the meeting went ahead via video link on Tuesday.