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High Court Bars SDT From Interfering With Football

The High Court in Mombasa on Tuesday issued an order barring the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) from handling any case in football.

Two FKF National Executive Committee (NEC) members, Gabriel Mghendi and Lilian Nadundu appeared in court as first and second petitioners respectively.

The ruling has effectively put on hold all suits filed against the federation at the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT), including a case in which the Kenya Premier League (KPL) management wants the top tier season to resume after FKF made a decision to cancel it following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The order reads in part: “That an interim conservatory Order staying all the proceedings and further proceedings against Football Kenya Federation at the Sports Disputes Tribunal be and is hereby granted forthwith until 29.0.2020.”

The Chief Justice of Kenya, the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary and the Attorney General were listed as the first, second and third respondents respectively, while Football Kenya Federation and the Cabinet Secretary of Sports, Culture and Heritage Amina Mohammed have been enjoined as interested parties.

The FKF elections have been canceled twice in eight months by the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) over questions of legalities.

Ruling Was Set For July

Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) chairman Mr. John Ohaga.

SDT chairman John Ohaga was set to make a ruling at the end of July to determine the fate of the top tier league after KPL moved to the court to file submissions on Friday, June 12, disputing FKF’s April 30 decision to cancel the season.

SDT came under heavy criticism after FKF president Nick Mwendwa accused Ohaga of taking sides in the dispute following the court’s decision to convene a virtual meeting with a section of stakeholders to discuss how the stalled elections would be tackled.

We Have Lost Trust In SDT

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa.

“As FKF, we don’t have any faith in the tribunal anymore, we are asking the chairman of the tribunal to stop interfering with football matters once and for all, and allow us to do the elections. He is not a member of football and cannot host a meeting for stakeholders.”

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Written by Senior Editor