Sam Nyamweya bounces back as High Court quashes ten-year ban by FKF

Stafford Ondego/Goal Kenya.
The declaration by the constitutional court now means that Sam Nyamweya is free to comment on football matters

Former Football Kenya Federation President Sam Nyamweya has bounced back after the High court declared his ten-year suspension as illegal.

Constitutional court judge Justice Chacha Mwita, said in his ruling that the decision by FKF National Executive Committee meeting held on March 21, 2017, was unlawful, irrational and mischievous.

“The decision that was communicated to Caf, Fifa and Cecafa is null and void as Nyamweya was not given an opportunity to defend himself as required by the law,” said Mwita.

The declaration by the constitutional court now means that Nyamweya is free to comment on football matters both locally and internationally. The judge also ordered FKF to pay the cost of the suit filed by Nyamweya challenging the purported ban.

Nyamweya moved to court upon receiving a letter from FKF pronouncing his suspension from engaging in football activities in the country for a period of ten years.

The former FKF President, through his lawyer Martin Wahome Njagi told the judge that the decision was unreasonable, irrational and made in bad faith.

The lawyer submitted that NEC meeting purported to suspend Nyamweya when he was not a Federation member, saying he had resigned a year ago.

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“The petitioner is being targeted since he filed a case against the current FKF President Nick Mwendwa and other officials of the Federation,” the lawyer argued.

Wahome pointed out that the ban has brought his character and legacy as a respected local and international football administrator into question.

Before the hearing and determination of the petition, the trial judge issued a temporary orders stopping FKF from effecting the said NEC decision.