Upset in Nairobi West as Akali retains Kakamega
Fred Likuyani and Charles Thuku
Ex-Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Nairobi West Secretary-General Caleb Malweyi took over the chairmanship of the county after beating outgoing chairman Bashir Hussein as the umbrella body defied court orders and went ahead to hold sub-branch elections at the weekend.
Malweyi beat Bashir after garnering 38 votes against six in a peaceful exercise even as the election insurgents led by Sam Nyamweya declared the exercise a sham after the Sports Registrar requested that the polls be stopped over certain anomalies.
In second place was Simon Mugo, who had 16 votes, while Charles ‘Korea’’ Omondi had six to his name.
Speaking to journalists after he was declared winner, Malweyi promised to live up to his manifesto.
“It is a big win for football and we are confident of fulfilling the promises we made to clubs,” he said.
In the Eastern County, George Onyango trounced Amos Otieno by 66 to 24 votes to become the new chairman.
In Kakamega, former western region chairman Dr Moses Akali won by a landslide to become area boss after a tension-packed exercise that was conducted at Hill School.
The exercise, overseen by Abdi Saidi, saw security officers take control after word went around that one faction was planning to disrupt it.
Dr Akali, a lecturer at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, garnered 21 votes while his closest challenger Edwin Lisamula, a businessman in Lugari managed a paltry seven.
Allan Muhondo was elected branch secretary-general after managing 18 votes, his two opponents Rajab Wangalwa and Maurice Majani tying with five votes each while Selina Nasiche amassed 21 votes to beat Abdul Wanyonyi to the treasurer’s seat.