NAIROBI, Kenya, July 25- Candidates interested in vying for positions at national and branch level in the forthcoming Football Kenya (FK) elections made a mad-rush for Nyayo National Stadium ahead of the Monday deadline for submission of nomination papers.
The Independent Electoral Board (IEB) mandated to organise the August 13 elections that will be conducted by the Interim Independent Electoral Commission ruled out any extension upon expiry of the Monday 5pm ultimatum.
“Essentially once the nomination closes it will be too bad for those who have not submitted their forms. We shall hold a board meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) to vet them then we shall announce all cleared candidates,” IEB secretary, Peter Ongoji said.
The body was compelled to move to the Kenya National Sports Council premises at Nyayo after a rowdy mob associated with Football Kenya Limited (FKL) chair, Mohammed Hatimy who is vying for the national chairmanship, turned rowdy at their previous Lutheran House offices last Friday as he presented his papers.
Hatimy’s group was disputing the list of clubs drawn up by IEB that will form the electorate during the polls.
On Monday, Kenya Football Federation (KFF) chair, Sam Nyamweya presented his nomination documents to IEB exuding confidence he would ascend to the top of the country’s football administration.
As is the requirement, Nyamweya, presented to the board his filled nomination form, curriculum vitae, tax compliance certificate from Kenya Revenue Authority and another of good conduct from Kenya Police.
He also presented letters from five clubs proposing and a similar number seconding his candidature, Sh5, 000 in fees as well as a wealth declaration form for the board to vet.
In addition, the KFF boss tendered his resignation as the chairman of Kenyan Premier League side, Rangers FC as well as Nationwide outfit, Shabana FC to comply with the IEB electoral code of conduct that bars candidates from holding conflicting positions.
Omar Mohammed from Coast will be running mate in the elections.
“It’s important for everybody to support the board. The board may not be perfect but we all need to support it to achieve its mandate,” Nyamweya urged.
“I’m advising other candidates to avoid mud slinging and stick to the law and we should all use the list of clubs that will be certified by both KFF and FKL,” he added.
On charges he was part of the decline of the country’s football as a key player in the wrangles that have bedevilled the sport; Nyamweya went on the defensive saying,
“I was the secretary general of KFF until 2000 and at that time, the sport was doing well. Since then, we have never been recognised by FIFA and there is now way we can be responsible for what has happened.”
IEB was given the obligation to organise the elections by world governing body, Fifa and the Government last December.