BY Luis Ndede
‘Operation Linda AFC Ingwe’ group has now issued an ultimatum for the club chairman Alex Ole Magalo to call for an urgent Annual General Meeting (AGM) within 21 day’s to pave way for fresh elections.
The group chaired by Nairobi City square Chairman Tom Namusala said the term of the interim office expires on December 31, 2012 and thereafter their mandate would have expired.
Contacted AFC Leopards Chairman Alex Ole Magelo said elections were held in June and their term ends next year same month. ‘If they are claiming they are being guided by the club constitution, then they are wrong.
They can go ahead and take over the club. I will be the happiest person if they go ahead and lead the club.They are the same people who lined behind us during the June elections and now they want to run the club unconstitutionally. They can go ahead and do what they want” Observed Magelo.
The group that comprised of 16 branch officials said the club’s future looms bleak as most of the current officials have declared interest in political seats during the forthcoming elections. They cited Magelo who is vying for the Kajiado West parliamentary seat.
“The club constitution is very clear on officials seeking political positions must relinquish their positions. Anyone interested in political seat must quit running the affairs of the club. Our club should not appear to be representing the opinion of any political parties where some of its office bearers will be participating” said Namusala.
They opined that failure to issuance of AGM within the stipulated 21 day’s,it will imply that the office bearers have abandoned running the affairs of the club and they will remain with no other option except to take over the running of the club affairs from January 1st,2013 in accordance with the constitution of the club.
While reading a signed statement in a hurriedly convened press conference held at Nairobi’s Cianda House, Namusala put it clear that their intention is to avoid a scenario experienced by the club during the year when the Executive committee failed to adhere to the club constitution which resulted to constant wrangles and factions that lead to court cases, hence having adverse effect on the operation of the club.
Other members who attended the conference included Chairman of Kawangware Branch Hesborn M’Mbolo, Ezekiel Anunda(Lindi Branch), James Anandayi(Kangemi), Joseph Opanga(Dagoretti), Patrick Mwale (KangemiBranch), John Shikokoti (Bukhungu branch), and Sammy Maina of Huruma Branch among others.
ABOUT Kenya’s A.F.C. Leopards
The Abaluhyia Football Club, officially abbreviated as A.F.C. Leopards and commonly known as simply A.F.C., Leopards or Ingwe (Luhya for “Leopards”), is a professional football club based in Nairobi, Kenya and founded in 1964. It is a popular team, mainly because it has won the Kenyan Premier League a joint record 12 times with arch rivals, Gor Mahia. The team plays its home games at the Nyayo National Stadium. Despite being based in Nairobi, it enjoys fanatical following in all parts of the country with Western Kenya being the traditional bedrock of its support base. Source: Wikipedia