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End of Corruption Era: Sammy Owino ‘Kempes’ Reacts to Court’s Halting of FKF AGM

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Football Kenya Federetion (FKF) Presidential hopeful Sammy Owino ‘Kempes’ has offered his perspective following the recent decision by the High Court of Kenya in Mombasa to halt the much-anticipated Football Kenya Federation Annual General Meeting (AGM), originally scheduled for Saturday at the Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE).

On Friday, Lady Justice Olga Sewe, presiding over the High Court, ordered the suspension of the meeting in response to a legal challenge brought forth by sports journalist Milton Nyakundi.

Nyakundi contested the legality of the federation’s top officials convening the event.

Sewe, after reviewing support affidavits and applications presented in court on the 13th of March 2024, issued an interim stay on the intended AGM of the FKF until a formal hearing is conducted on the matter.

In light of these developments, former Harambee Stars legend Sammy Owino ‘Kempes’ pointed out the recurring pattern of the federation’s disregard for legal regulations, often manipulating them to their advantage.

“The federation has a history of flouting the law and exploiting it to suit their interests. Now, the law is finally catching up with them,” remarked Owino, underlining the significance of this legal intervention.

He expressed optimism that these events could mark a pivotal moment in the governance of football in Kenya.

“I hope this signals the beginning of the end for a federation that is corrupt and resorts to intimidation to achieve its objectives,” added Owino, whose football journey began at Umeme FC.

Owino stressed the pressing need for accountability and transparency within the federation, emphasizing that upcoming elections must adhere to principles of fairness and integrity.

He advocated for the election of individuals genuinely dedicated to advancing football in Kenya and possessing the necessary competence to lead the sport professionally.

“FIFA and the government need to get involved given that things are where they are. It is now obvious the federation should not run these elections. These two need to now show the leadership given the circumstance. They are the ones with the mandate. The situation is crying for their involvement. Football needs their intervention,” the Pumwani-born footballer asserted.

“FIFA and the government must intervene given the gravity of the situation. It’s evident that the federation cannot oversee these elections. Both entities must step up and provide leadership in these circumstances. They hold the mandate, and the situation demands their involvement. Football requires their intervention,” asserted the Pumwani-born footballer.

Football stakeholders now await further developments as the ruling casts uncertainty over the fate of the AGM, with the Football Kenya Federation yet to clarify whether the event will proceed as planned.

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