The Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC) on Friday 11 January ordered AFC Leopards Organizing Secretary Timothy Lilumbi to avail himself in person for the hearing of the case in which he and the Premier League club are charged with causing chaos during a league fixture that resulted in the match officials being assaulted.
The case was to be heard on Friday at the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) offices but following a request from the respondents to have a prosecution witness present during the hearing, the Committee was left to adjourn until Tuesday 15 January from 5PM.
The Committee also ordered Lilumbi, who was not present at the hearing, represented by his lawyer, to avail himself on Tuesday.
Lilumbi, and other club members on Sunday 6 January at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, assulted the match day referee and an assistant after allowing a controversial goal stand.
Lilumbi led some of the team’s fans in attacking centre referee George Mwai and his assistant, protesting the outcome of a round 6 fixture that saw Leopards play to a 1-1 draw with Nzoia Sugar.
Leopards were on course to winning the game 1-0, but conceded the equalizer late in the game to spark the melee.
Following the KPL commencing disciplinary proceedings on the issue on Wednesday, Leopards moved quickly to suspend Lilumbi a day later.
Below is a press release on today’s hearing;
Adjournment of KPL vs AFC Leopards & Timothy Lilumbi Case (AFC Leopards vs Nzoia Sugar, SPL 2018-19 Match Number 046)
The Independent Disciplinary Complaints & Committee (IDCC) met today at the Kenyan Premier League for the hearing of the KPL vs AFC Leopards & Timothy Lilumbi Case (AFC Leopards vs Nzoia Sugar, SPL 2018-19 Match Number 046) case.
Upon reviewing an application from the respondents requesting for the presence of a prosecution witness at the case, the Committee decided to adjourn the hearing of the case to 5:00 pm on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.
The IDCC also ordered that the respondents to ensure that Mr. Timothy Lilumbi avails himself in person on Tuesday. Mr. Lilumbi had been represented at today’s hearing by an advocate.
The following are the IDCC members who were present at the hearing; Mr. Stephen Ligunya (Chairman and Advocate of the High Court), Mr. Geoffrey Mulanya (member and Advocate of the High Court), Mr. Dennis Randiak (member), and Mr. Dan Shikanda (member).