Sports: Kenya’s Operation Linda AFC Ingwe Issues Ultimatum

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.

Kenya's AFC Leopards Linda Ingwe group now demands urgent Annual General Meeting

This is a logo for Kenya’s AFC Leopards. (Source)

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

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