Athletics Kenya has warned individuals who are planning to interfere with the day to day operations that if they dare they will be met with the dire consequence.
Last year Professional Athletics Association of Kenya (PAAK) members stage a demo at the Athletics Kenya headquarters in a two-day siege that grounded operations at Riadha House in November of 2015.
In a press release on Monday (26) from the federation it stated, “The group is comprised of individuals who are impersonating top athletes with the primary agenda of obstructing operations with convictions that they can take over the federation through the backdoor.”
“It is important that there is an immediate discontinuation of such arrangements. We hereby assure the athletics family in Kenya that such threats will neither be tolerated nor will they hinder us from doing our job as the sport’s governing body in the country.”
The AK noted that they have had challenges here and there and would wish to request any disgruntled individual to use the right channels in relaying their grievances.
“We have an open door policy where individuals have the right to air their views or demand any information available, desisting from using ways and means that could put the federation and sport in jeopardy.
In addition, we want to assure our affiliates, athletes and the general public that as the season comes to an end, we are working tirelessly to ensure that our upcoming events are executed without fail.
We hereby call upon our athletes to continue preparing for these events especially as we gear up to the start of the cross country season mid next month.
We appreciate we are at a critical moment as we head to our elections and understand that there are a lot politicking going on. This, however, does not call for any form of instability since the polls will be guided by the existing laid down procedures.”
We are also in the final stages of the constitutional review process, having received the stakeholders’ views earlier in the year.
Summarily, we demand that those responsible for the political tensions to seek a lasting solution by ensuring they follow the right channels, failure to which their actions will be construed to be illegal and therefore met by the full force of the law.
The offices of Athletics Kenya headquarters were under tight security yesterday of armed police who were guarding the premise from any eventualities that might happen.