The Kenya Football Federation (FKF) have been dealt a major blow after a Nairobi court extended orders freezing their bank accounts owing to failure to settle dues owed to former Harambee Stars coach Bobby Williamson.
Employment and Labour Court judge Byram Ongara failed to vacate the orders earlier issued by the same court last week as sought by the Nick Mwendwa-led federation and instead stated that the application be certified as urgent.
Williamson sued the federation in 2017 accusing them of unfairly sacking him.
In 2019, the court ruled in his favor and directed the federation to compensate him Ksh 55 million.
But in a rejoinder, Mwendwa dismissed the directive saying that they would lodge an appeal.
“That the application herein is certified as urgent and service upon the garnishee be dispensed within the first instance on account of its urgency.
“That an ex-parte order be issued against the garnishee herein attaching forthwith all the funds held in a bank account numbers,” the orders read in part.
A garnishee order is where the court directs a third party that owes money to the judgment debtor to instead pay the judgment creditor. The third party is called a garnishee.
In that case, the bank in which the federation has its accounts is the one expected to facilitate the payment of Mr. Williamson.
Justice Ongaya directed thus, “ that a hearing date be set for confirmation of the attachment order absolute and to facilitate immediate release by the garnishee of the sum of Ksh Sh57,371,363,33 from the funds held in the subject bank account to the decree holder through its advocates on record.”