Elections tops the agenda at FKF AGM

Friday, October 4th, 2019 00:00 |
FKF president Nick Mwendwa casts his vote during the federations elections at Kasarani Stadium in February 2016. PD/ALEX NJUE

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) will tomorrow hold its seventh Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Safari Park, with a lot at stake, given it’s the last meeting before the elections.

Nineteen items are on the agenda but its number 16 that is mostly awaited since touches on election matters, where members are expected to adopt the electoral board and the electoral code.

It’s from the meeting that a final road map will be issued before the highly-publicised polls take place and according to analysts, this is where the election is always won or lost. 

It will also be the last time for some members to appear in the meeting, as a few have opted out of the elections while others my lose at the polls.

A total of 58 delegates from the 20 FKF branches, KPL, NSL, Division One and Women’s Premier League clubs, referees, coaches and players welfare association representatives are all expected in the city today ahead of tomorrow’s showdown.

Some of the issues that may be raised in regards to the electoral code that was passed by the federation’s executive last month may be the required Sh400,000 non-refundable nomination fee for a candidate seeking the president’s position and the required number of votes for one to be nominated.

However, going by past experiences, none of the proposals is likely to be shot down.

So far, former FKF National Executive Council (NEC) member representing Nyanza Tom Alila and former Vihiga governor Moses Akaranga, who have announced their intentions to vie for the top seat, are the only ones to have questioned the rules, saying they were tailored in favour the current officials. 

Former federation boss Sam Nyamweya, who is yet to announce his interest, has also been against the rules, but they will all not be part of the meeting and it is not clear if they can mobilise majority of the delegates to change them.

“We have already set the rules. Once the executive committee passes the electoral code, we just need the meeting to ratify it to make it legitimate and that is what we are looking for on Saturday,” said FKF president Nick Mwendwa who will be seeking re-election.

He added: “The delegates will all be there and anyone not satisfied

will raise his or her concerns on the floor. I will say it again, we don’t plan to reduce the Sh400,000 nomination fee, because this is a serious position with a lot of responsibilities.”

“How would someone expect to conduct national campaigns and even handle football grants without any corruption allegations if he cannot raise such a fee?” he posed. 

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