The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) will not have its life cut short just over a month after ascending to office. This is after the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) rejected prayers by three members to have it disbanded based on illegality of the process of electing the officials to office.
Sammy Sholei, Noordin Taib and lawyer Julius Iganji had appealed to have the federation barred from running or organizing any sports activities, including the elections arguing that it had not complied with the Sports Act 2013 at the time.
The deadline for complying was August 2014 and the three appellants argued that the federation did not exist for the purpose of running sports activities by that time and so wanted the Wednesday 10 February elections voided.
The federation has already started the process of compliance and in the ruling by the Tribunal, delivered by the SDT chair Mr. John Ohaga, it was felt that impeaching the federation by terming the polls void would not be fair for the sport.
The federation will thus continue with the process while Tribunal will supervise the process of and has called on the federation to be reporting periodically on the progress.
However, for the federation, there was a hefty fee to pay; for failing to submit to the Sports Act within the stipulated time and continuing to run football as a sports organization, the federation has been fined Kshs 500,000 which is supposed to be paid by April 15 2016.
The matter will be mentioned on Tuesday 19 April to assess compliance with the directions and for further directions.