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FKF president Nick Mwendwa says Kenya will bid to hduring a past media briefing. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu

NAIROBI,
Kenya, Mar 25 – The current Football Kenya Federation (FKF) executive will
remain in office, world football governing body FIFA said on Wednesday, declining
a request from the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) to form a normalization
committee.

The tribunal
for the second time cancelled the FKF elections last week and threw the entire
executive, bar president Nick Mwendwa and CEO Barry Otieno out of office,
saying their tenure was over and asked FIFA to form a normalization committee.

However, in
a response sent to CEO Otieno on Wednesday, FIFA says the SDT does not have a
jurisdiction over the Federation and the status quo remains, until a meeting
between all parties comes up with a solution.

“We note
that the SDT is not a national arbitration tribunal in the sense of FIFA
circular 1010 dated 20 December 2005. Despite the aforementioned, the FKF
surprisingly subjected to the SDT by its own initiative while it was not
obliged to so do as per its Statutes,” the statement signed by FIFA’s Member
Associations Officer Veron Mosengo-Omba stated.

FKF President Nick Mwendwa appoints Barry Otieno acting CEO. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA

It added; “This
however does not entail that the SDT decisions are binding on FIFA when it
comes to its prerogatives and remit for which the Court of Arbitration for
Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland has exclusive competence (cf. art. 57 and
58 of FIFA Statutes, 2019 edition).”

“Therefore,
we wish to emphasize that the relevant SDT ruling has no legal effect on FIFA.”

FKF had
initially gone to the tribunal seeking an interpretation on the Sports
Registrar’s threat to stop the election due to issues surrounding conforming to
the Sports Act.

The
Tribunal also revisited the issues it had asked the Federation to comply with
in the first instance when they dissolved the elections last year.

While the
John Ohaga-led committee was satisfied with all steps that the Federation had
undertaken in getting set for the repeat elections, of which the branch level
had already completed, they were not satisfied with the sections of eligibility
of candidates vying for presidency.

According
to Ohaga, who ruled in favour of the Sam Nyamweya led faction, the eligibility
criteria for the seat of president were not all inclusive and were ‘set out to
lock other candidates’.

Sports Disputes Tribunal chairman John Ohaga. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu

But in its
letter on Wednesday, FIFA insists that the rules were subjected to public participation
and no one, even in the General Assembly objected to the new rules.

Nonetheless,
the world soccer governing body says it will put the interests of all
interested parties into consideration, setting up a meeting to find a lasting
solution.

“Should the
world health situation not evolve positively by 6 April 2020, we shall contact
you to explore other possibilities including a meeting by video conference. Pending
this meeting and for the avoidance of any doubt, the current FKF Executive
Committee members, including its President, shall remain in office,” FIFA
stated.

Earlier on,
a meeting between the CS, FIFA officials together with the FKF top brass and
tribunal chair John Ohaga were set to have a meeting in Zurich in January this
year, but CS Amina asked for it to be cancelled after they met internally to
find a solution.

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Urithi Housing seeks to raise Ksh 1.5b to complete stalled projects – KBC

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Urithi Housing Cooperative Society members who have defaulted in paying for their houses now risk losing them altogether after the society invited fresh investors to buy them off.

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Society Chairman Samuel Maina says the housing giant has also reduced its branches across the Country by almost half due to the hard economic times.

The Society will now operate with 11 branches instead of the previous 21. Maina says a number of factors among them failure by members to honor their monthly payments as well as the prevailing economic cash crunch has forced the Society back to its drawing board where reorganization is key.

The closure of the branches means that the Society has also reduced its workforce considerably due to financial constraints.

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Maina says he is convinced that the Society will soon be back on its feet saying, “We are where we are because of a variety of reasons however the fact that a majority of members have defaulted on their payments means we can’t complete the project on time.”

He said the Society doesn’t intend to venture into a new project saying they intend to first complete the ongoing ones and ensure members have their houses as earlier planned.

Maina said, “We have engaged a private company to inject an estimated Ksh 3 billion in exchange of stake in our projects.”

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According to the Chairman, Members owe the Society over Ksh 2.5b in default but they are currently seeking to raise Ksh 1.5b by disposing off the houses to new members to enable them complete the projects.

“As a matter of fact once we sell of the houses belonging to members who have defaulted, we will ensure we pay them back their initial investment but after deducting our expenses.” He said.

Maina added that the same will be done in phases saying it’s their intention to restore Urithi Housing Cooperative Society to its glory days.

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Nairobi County Govt embarks on massive fumigation exercise – KBC

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Nairobi County Health workers embark on a massive fumigation exercise in the streets of Nairobi.

The Government has embarked on a massive fumigation exercise on the streets of Nairobi on Saturday night, as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

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The initiative which is a collaboration between the Ministry of Health and Nairobi County Government kicked off one hour after the curfew period began Friday evening.

County Executive member Hitan Majevdia said that the County team will start the fumigation exercise from Eastleigh at the General Waruinge and 1st Eastleigh Avenue.

The exercise will continue until all the high-risk areas are covered.

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“We are upscaling the fumigation exercise in Nairobi. Therefore, I would like the public to give way for officers to access and effectively fumigate all the required places,” said Hitan Majevdia.

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Wanyama donates sanitizing kits in Mathare

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 28 – The Victor Wanyama Foundation in partnership with Kenya Red Cross, Africa Yoga Project and the Gina Din Foundation donated sanitizing kits and foodstuff to over two hundred families in Mathare, Nairobi.

The donations were coordinated from the Billian
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“It’s very important to listen to what the health
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our movements and interactions and basically just follow what the government
and health experts are advising,” Wanyama said.

“My foundation, its partners such as the Kenya Red
Cross and the Africa Yoga Project will do all they can to help during this
period,” he added.

The Harambee Stars captain who recently moved to
Canadian side Impact Monreal has also urged Kenyans to follow the set
guidelines as the government through its various arms tries to stop the spread
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“We were overwhelmed as more numbers kept trickling
in but we are glad to have played our part. This will go a long way in ensuring
the 200 families in Mathare observe hygiene during this period that everyone is
fighting coronavirus,” Cynthia said.

Coronavirus has claimed over 27,000 people globally
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In Kenya, there 31 confirmed cases while the
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