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FKF Overrules SDT’s Consultative Forum over Polls

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Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa has rubbished a consultative forum convened by the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) in regard to the upcoming FKF Elections.

The Tribunal convened a “stakeholders” forum on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, via a video link, to among other things, get views on how the elections should be conducted as a follow up its ruling delivered on March 17, 2020.

FKF distanced itself from the meeting and said it was not a party to the forum and does not recognize any resolutions that were passed.

Mwendwa, in a press conference convened on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, asserted that the federation will await FIFA’s direction in the FKF elections matter.

“FKF is an institution bound by its constitution as well as the FIFA statutes,” he said.

The federation in a letter addressed to the tribunal read:”Ideally, a mediation process is party-driven and voluntary. Usually, negotiations in mediation are undertaken before an impartial and neutral third party without decision-making powers.”

On March 17th, 2020, in a ruling that lasted close to two hours delivered by the SDT chairman John Ohaga nullified the FKF elections that had already been held up to the county level, disbanded the National Executive Committee, and asked Fifa to step in and put in place a normalisation committee within the next 30 days.

However on March 25th, , FIFA rejected the Sports Disputes Tribunal’s request for them to form a Normalisation Committee to oversee Football Kenya Federations’ operations after the Tribunal called to an end the FAs term of office on March 17.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the current FKF Executive Committee members, including its president office shall remain in office,” Fifa’s letter, which has been signed off by Fifa’s Chief Member Associations Officer, Veron-Mosengo-Omba.

In a letter addressed to the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Secretary General, Barry Otieno by the Fifa it said the world body only recognizes decisions made exclusively by the Court of Arbitration for Sports that is based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“Therefore, we wish to emphasize that the relevant SDT ruling has no legal effect on Fifa,” read the communication in a letter dated March 25th, 2020.

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Government scraps controversial tax on betting

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Government  has scrapped a 20% tax on betting stakes and winnings, which led to the closure of one of the biggest gambling companies in the country.

The removal of the excise duty could see the return of the once vibrant sports betting industry in the country.

The fiscal measure introduced last year attracted strong opposition from betting companies as taxed both the winnings and the amount staked by the person placing the bet.

 

 

This move led to the closure of several companies, including SportPesa which the taxman said owed over $500,000 (£400,000) in tax arrears.

Sportpesa, which has operations in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, the UK and Italy successfully appealed against the new tax at a Nairobi-based tax court last November.

The tribunal ruled that the tax should be charged on winnings, and not the stakes placed.

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Women Referees extol the current FKF for great support extended to the Referees

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Former FIFA Referee and currently FIFA Referee Instructor Dorcas Moraa and Elite FIFA Referee Caroline Wanjala have praised the current Football federation for their contribution towards elevating Kenyan Referees.

The current Federation moved to waive the Physical Endurance Tests (PET) Kshs 3000 fee charge that encouraged more referees to engage in the exercise.

The Federation has diligently conducted quarterly PET and referee training in a move aimed not just at keeping the match officials consistently up-to-date with the Laws of the Game but also at ascertaining their physical readiness to officiate both league and international matches.

“I would like to thank FKF President Nick Mwendwa and the present Federation for their sincere support to the referees in the country,”said Dorcas Moraa.

Elite FIFA Referee Caroline Wanjala continued to echo her counterpart towards the efforts the current Federation has done to improve the state of referees in the country.

“I would like to applaud the current regime for its attempts to boost the country’s performance of referees,” said Caroline Wanjala.

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[Ghana] Kotoko  Should  Be Run  Professionally

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I am coming to Kotoko to help run the club Professionally ,not sidelining the supporters.

I will make sure we have a day with the fans,to make them feel part of the club.

We will share ideas with them,solicit advice from them on all policies.

Kotoko should not be run by one man,all financial burden on a person but it should not be so,all hands should be on deck.

Martin  Osei  Kwaku  Kotoko  Board  Member  told Ghana- Kumasi Base Radio Station  Oyerepa  FM

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