Aduda Throws Barbs At Mwendwa, Tells Him To Stop Hiding Behind FIFA

Aduda Throws Barbs At Mwendwa, Tells Him To Stop Hiding Behind FIFA 1

Aduda asked Mwendwa to create an environment that would ensure free and fair elections before the beginning of next season.”

Gor Mahia Chief Executive Officer Lodvick Aduda has lashed out at FKF President Nick Mwendwa, accusing him of taking cover behind the world soccer governing body, FIFA, to champion his selfish interests.

Aduda, who has expressed interest in ousting Mwendwa in the forthcoming elections said that the FKF president had become notorious for openly disregarding both the country’s constitution and the federation’s statutes.

“He has since been cornered and he continues to hide under Fifa. However, I wish to remind him that he must adhere to both the Kenyan laws and FKF constitution just as he has done with Fifa,” said Aduda.

Mwendwa snubbed a stakeholders’ meeting called last Tuesday by the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) to brainstorm ideas on how to calm the storm that has engulfed the FKF elections.

Protracted wrangles emanating from the two previous annulled FKF polls as well as the cancellation of local competitions by the federation and the subsequent crowning of Gor Mahia as Kenyan Premier League champions, have seen warring parties landing in the corridors of justice.

Mwendwa has since accused SDT’s chairman John Ohaga of overstepping his mandate, reminding him that his work was to hear and determine disputes fairly and not to take sides.

He asserted that his office would only act upon receiving directions from FIFA, who had written a letter dated April 6, promising to convene a stakeholders meeting in April only for their plan to be scuttled by the outbreak of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic that occasioned worldwide travel restrictions.

Aduda argues that Mwendwa is merely employing time wasting tactics in order to extend his stay in office by citing Fifa’s letter.

“The FKF constitution says that his mandate ended in February but he has intentionally failed to organise free and fair elections just to stay in office longer. He should stop hiding under the wings of Fifa to continue staying in office illegally,” said Aduda.

Aduda pointed out that Kenyan laws and institutions are superior to those of Zurich.

“Fifa is registered under the Swiss laws and upholds them to the letter. FKF is also registered under the Sports Act and should respect the laws of the land first and respect the institutions put in place to govern sports,” said Aduda.

Aduda asked Mwendwa to create an environment that would ensure free and fair elections before the beginning of next season.

“He should use the break we have to smooth the rough edges of the polls. We should use technology and conduct the exercise before the new season begins.”

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He appealed to clubs to ignore a scheme being hatched by FKF to register teams for the new season without involving KPL, adding that it was important for them to demand details of how the federation intends to run and manage the league as well as the prize money it intends to give before making any commitments.

“He’s on record to have said he wasn’t going to renew KPL’s contract. Interestingly, he is not saying who will manage the competition, the criteria he will use to give them the contract, how much clubs will get and other details,” he added.

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