Following the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) suspension of vice chairman Sammy Sholei and Nairobi Branch chairman Dan Shikanda and subsequent notification of the world football governing body of the same, FIFA has written back to the federation.
In the letter, addressed to FKF chairman Mr. Sam Nyamweya and signed by the FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, the Kenyan federation has been urged to handle the affair internally and according to the FKF constitution, which allows the two a chance to defend themselves in the next FKF General meeting.
-We inform you that in principle, this is an internal matter that falls under the competence of the FKF and its corresponding bodies. Nevertheless and since the stated suspension concerns FKF officials, our services deemed it pertinent to remind you that according to the FKF constitution, the FKF National Executive Committee may dismiss a person or body provisionally.
Speak in defence
-However, a justified motion for the definite suspension of the person or body must be submitted to the next FKF General Meeting for ratification, at which the person or body in question has to be granted the right to speak in his or its own defence, the correspondence read.
The two were suspended after they took a case to court seeking to stop the federation’s Special General Meeting (SGM) that passed a new constitution.