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Linda Oguttu To Remain At FKF

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Former KTN News anchor Linda Oguttu has been retained in new changes announced by Sports Cabinet Secretary, Amb Amina Mohamed with regard to the Football Kenya Federation (FKF).

The CS appointed a new FKF Transition Committee of 12 members chaired by Justice (Rtd.) Aaron Ringera and a 6-member Secretariat which Oguttu will lead.

The FKF Caretaker Committee’s mandate had expired on Tuesday, May 10 and CS Amina couldn’t legally extend its term, meaning it had to find another solution.

The official handover of the FKF CC report by FKF CC Chairman Justice (Rtd) Aaron Ringera to Sports CS Ambassador (Dr) Amina Mohammed. /FKF

The newly appointed Transition Committee will run Kenyan football for five weeks.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 54 (1) of the Sports Act, 2013, the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Heritage appoints the Football Kenya Federation Transition Committee,” read the Special Gazette Notice dated Friday, May 13.

According to the notice, the transition committee will be charged with the following tasks, just like the caretaker committee:

1.Conduct the affairs of Football Kenya Federation in accordance with the Constitution of Football Kenya Federation;

2. Ensure that Football Kenya Federation operates within the provisions of the Sports Act, 2013;

3. Co-ordinate and ensure the smooth running of Football Kenya Federation operations, including team preparations for local and international sporting events; and

4. Co-ordinate and facilitate the validation of the draft Constitution of the Football Kenya Federation.

Members of the Committee will include Maurice Oyugi as the Vice-Chairperson, Ali Amour, Former Harambee Stars head coach John Bobby Ogolla, and former Harambee Starlets striker Neddy Atieno.

Others include Ceasar Handa, Hassan Haji, and Dr J. J. Masiga, Michael Muchemi, Rachael Kamweru, former Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) boss Mwangi Muthee and Anthony Isayi.

Oguttu will be assisted by Lorine Nerea and former Kenya Rugby player Edward Rombo as the Secretaries.

Robin Toskin, another KTN presenter, was also retained from the caretaker committee, having worked as the Head of Sport’s desk at the Standard Group, and hosted Sports Chat, on KTN News every Monday morning. Coach Rishadi Shedu and Maxwell Wasike will also form part of the secretariat.

Among the proposals given was that the FKF constitution is amended to comply with the Constitution of Kenya as well as the Sports Act. Additionally, elections should be conducted in compliance with the Constitution of Kenya, the Sports Act and the new FKF constitution.

The committee further recommended that the running of the leagues should be tasked to a limited company for proper and efficient operation.

“That the FKF hands over the running of the leagues to a Limited Company for the efficient and effective running of the leagues.

“That the Ministry of Sports, Heritage and Culture adopt the report on the commercialization of football as a sport including the appointment of a Director of Football who is to be a government employee,” the committee said.

An image of Harambee Stars players during a past football match. /STANDARD DIGITAL

It was also recommended that the Sports Registrar and FKF work in harmony to ensure that clubs and branches comply with the provisions of Section 46 of the Sports Act and the FIFA club licensing rules on registration.

CS Amina stated that she decided to disband the FKF after its officials failed to account for the funds it had been receiving from the government. However, the move came with consequences, including the country’s indefinite suspension by the World Football Governing Body FIFA.

Kenya also risks losing their spot in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) and Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers following the latest move and no word with regards to communication with FIFA. Its teams will also possibly not play continental football next season, with CAF setting the deadline for Federations to submit teams to June 30, 2022.

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