20 February 2013

Tanzania: Fifa Cancels TFF Elections

THE World Soccer governing body, FIFA has ordered for a cancelation of the 'marred' Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) elections and general assembly to allow its missions to come in the country mid next month to assess the situation.

TFF President, Leodegar Tenga said FIFA issued the directive on Tuesday through a facsimile signed by Deputy Secretary General, Markus Kattner sent to the TFF General Secretary, Angetile Osiah. In their directive, FIFA has recommended for the postponement of the election process following current situation and the controversies surrounding the ongoing electoral process.

He said FIFA mission findings will allow for a proper assessment of the situation and determination of the possible course of action. Tenga apologised to the general assembly members for the inconveniences caused by FIFA directive because the assembly planned for Sunday has now been called off. "The general assembly that would have to culminate with the elections has been cancelled until further notice to allow FIFA mission to conduct its investigations," he said.

He commended FIFA decision, saying the federation welcomes the mission as it will ensure rights for all concerned parties are being taken care of. "We want to see justice, and FIFA wants to know the truth, so all the aggrieved parties should be prepared to submit and defend their cases before the mission," said Tenga. Tenga said it will be upon the mission to decide when it arrives in the country and who to interrogate and at what time, because the mission has its own terms of reference about the matter.

He was happy that the matter will be solved by FIFA, saying, as a supreme soccer body in the world, it will settle the matter once and for all, after which TFF will remain as one strong entity, instead of going back to the era of conflicts as it used to be before. "I want TFF to stand as it is at present, I am glad that FIFA has agreed to intervene the matter, so all of you who are aggrieved, prepare your arguments so that when the mission arrives, you table before them, for further action," said Tenga.

The tale of the TFF and Tanzania Premier League Board (TPL) elections took a new twist on Monday when the Election Appeal Committee refused to backtrack on its decision to axe some candidates from the race. A day after the TFF Elections Committee suspended the local football governing body's general and TPL Board elections indefinitely, the Election Appeal committee felt it was wise to stick to its guns on omitted candidates. Chairman of the TFF's Election Appeal Committee, Idd Mtiginjola, said five axed candidates had requested the committee to review its decisions. But all the requests were trashed after the committee established that neither the TFF constitution nor election regulations allow them to review its own decisions.

And Tenga feels the committee was right. Mtiginjola said the Civil Procedure Code (CPC) in the courts of law may allow a judge to review his/her decision (s) but there is no such a provision in matters relating to football. "We couldn't invent a new rule, our duty is to make decisions by interpreting the constitution and regulations given to us by the appointing authority (TFF)," Mtiginjola was quoted saying.

Axed TFF presidential hopeful Jamal Malinzi and TPL Board chairman aspirant Hamad Yahya, are among those who had written to the committee, seeking their case to be reviewed. Others are executive committee membership aspirants namely; Eliud Peter Mvella (Iringa and Mbeya), Farid Salim Nahdi (Morogoro and Pwani) and Mbasha Matutu (Shinyanga and Simiyu).

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