The controversy over the
implementation of the constitutional clause that requires one third of the
voters to be women has spilled over from the Kenyan Parliament into Kenyan Football.
Kenyan football clubs which
are dominated by men will be forced to look for women on the streets, literally,
and register them as one their delegates if the new rule is anything to go by.
Sports Minister Dr. Paul
Otuoma insisted that affirmative action be implemented in line with the
new constitution. On Tuesday August 23, 2011, Hon. Otuoma met the visiting Federation
of International Football Association [FIFA] delegation led by Leodgar
Tenga, Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) and the Independent Electoral
Body (IEB) at his ministry's headquarters.
to a notice released by IEB CEO Peter Ogonji on Tuesday August 24, 2011, each Club shall
submit to the IEB on or before the 29th August 2011 three names of
delegates at least one of whom shall be a
person of the gender.
forcing women to
last part of the order seems not to have been understood and the new rule has
caught most clubs off guard.
Almost 90 percent of over 1,600
clubs registered with the Independent Electoral Board [IEB] to vote play in the
men’s league and had all submitted names of exclusively male delegates.
Kenya Football Federation
[KFF] Coast Branch secretary Ismael Ogola complained that the new rule amounts
to forcing women to vote.
- This new rule is not on
the FIFA statutes, Ogola retorted.
were expected to start submitting their documents as from Friday 26th
August, Saturday 27th August at the National Sports
Council Boardroom at Nyayo Stadium. 1700 hrs on Monday 29th August
2011 has been set as the deadline of submissions.