NAIROBI, Kenya, July 9- During their Annual General Meeting (AGM) held a fortnight ago, one of the resolutions ‘passed unanimously’ was to refer to Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss Sam Nyamweya as ‘President’ from then henceforth.
That is the pompous state of majesty the leader elected on October 29, 2011 on a platform to bring back prudent management of local football prefers to have after spending the last two years running the federation like an absolute and totalitarian monarchy of an era gone by, think Central African Republic under Jean Bedel Bokassa to get the picture.
Gone are the days when such leaders (even after he has allegedly put high profile sports journalists on his payroll to turn the other cheek) got away with excesses.
The dissenting voices are growing louder by the day, making the overlord of Kenyan football resort to amateur tactics to crush the growing rebellion, including claims of forging signatures of members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and Branch Chairmen on press releases.
Recently, Coast NEC boss and one of his erstwhile spanner boys, Hussein Terry, broke ranks with his boss in Mombasa and the reaction from Nyamweya was swift and in his abrasive style of management as excerpts from one of his press releases reproduced below show.
In Nyamweya’s and his cronies’ world, he is a saint in waiting and from the language of the rebuttal on Terry, it is evident one of his cherished administration tools is vindictive handling of criticism.
To hammer home the point that Terry is the black sheep, regional chairmen were quick to ‘throw their support’ behind their squeaky clean leader as another media statement signed by ‘aggrieved’ branch bosses read in part.
It now emerges that not all NEC members and branch chairmen appended their signatures to the press releases, further shedding light to the increasing removal of the FKF boss from reality and his mistaken belief he is the country’s football messiah.
For instance, one of the undersigned, Joseph Kiplash, the North Rift chairman has claimed he knew nothing of the document he signed saying the last time he was in the capital Nairobi was on June 28 during the AGM.
David Bunei, the South Rift chairman also refutes he appended his name on the release as well as Sylvester Juma and Mwayoyo Hamisi of the North West and South Coast Branch yet their ‘signatures’ appear on the list below that called for Terry to resign.
In part 2 of this report, we shall dwell on the specific serious allegations of impropriety levelled against Nyamweya who is alleged runs the football office and coffers from his briefcase/pocket and how he uses handouts to compel officials and media to sing his tune.