If exactly a week ago you’d asked Kenyan soccer fans their opinions, the response would have been unanimous: Sports minister Paul Otuoma must go beyond empty threats and dissolve Football Kenya Limited and all the other bodies that purport to run the beautiful game in this country.
The general consensus was that Kenya must defy the misguided dictators in Zurich who support corrupt and incompetent soccer administrators. If the consequence was a worldwide FIFA ban on Kenyan soccer, so be it, for that would be the period to clean up the mess, put the thieves in jail, and ensure effective, competent, honest, and professional management that would place the Kenyan game on a par with the best in Africa.
At the same time, however, the very soccer fans willing to endure a FIFA ban were fervently rooting for the national team in the crunch 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against neighbours Uganda.
The soccer lovers would not have countenanced Kenya being pulled out of the competition as long as there was hope, however slim, of qualification for the tourney proper.
That is called wanting to have your cake and eat it.
We proclaim that we are ready to make the ultimate sacrifice if that is what it will take to fix all that is wrong and drive our game to a higher plane.
But when it comes to taking the needed step, we hold back in vain hope that those same idiots who mismanage our soccer can deliver; or that the players who have to endure all that corruption and sheer incompetence can defy the odds and pull some magic out of the hat.
So we hold our collective breath watching the Harambee Stars on Mission Impossible, and it is only after they lose again that we turn with renewed wrath on the football officials.
That is the mood we are in right now. The goalless draw at home against Uganda was hardly better than a loss.
Now we are prepared to send FKL boss Titus Kasuve and his bunch of incompetents home so that we can fashion an accountable football management that is not run like a private kiosk.
For how long must this farce go on? Kenyans must accept that if they want the rot excised out of football management, decisive action is a called for. Kenyans must support fearless action that will send home all the nincompoops that have made careers over the years of stealing from football. There can be no two ways about it. The minister must have the guts to cease endless rhetoric inherited from his predecessors and go about this mission with both surgical blade and sledgehammer.
Dr Otuoma, the ball is in your court. Less words, more action.
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Mr Amos Kimunya was Finance minister and a rising star of Kenyan politics; until he fell with an almighty thud on overseeing the dodgy sale of Kamlesh Pattni’s Grand Regency Hotel to an entity controlled by the government of Brother-Leader King of Kings Muammar al Gaddafi.
Mr Kimunya was subsequently rehabilitated and brought back into the Cabinet, but has remained a subdued and hesitant figure. Perhaps as Transport minister, he can redeem himself in the eyes of the public by enforcing the so-called Michuki rules.
We want moving coffins off our roads. Now!