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Alila confirms he will vie for FKF presidency

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ALILA-FKFNAIROBI, May 28- Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Nyanza boss, Tom Otieno Onyango Alila has formally declared his candidature for the presidency in the forthcoming elections.

Alila joins FKF-PL chairman, Nick Mwendwa, in declaring interest for the top post despite the federation threatening to suspend him from the National Executive Committee (NEC) after accusing him of leaking sensitive details pertaining to their partnership with broadcast partners, MP and Silva.

“After consulting those who elected me and other branches, I have decided to run for the FKF presidency in the coming elections because we need to save Kenya’s football.

“I have thought long and hard about this and I’m ready to serve and work with those who have the interest and development of the game at heart. We have suffered under bad leadership for long,” Alila said Wednesday.

The NEC Member from Nyanza who called on his boss, Sam Nyamweya and vice-president, Robert Asembo to resign on Monday, said he is not afraid of being suspended or any other scheme to derail him from pressing for chance at the federation.

“I received a letter from Nyamweya saying I should show cause why I should not be disciplined. I stand by my claims and I have documented facts to prove them and no attempts of intimidation will stop me and other members of the NEC from exposing the truth,” he added.

“Saying I’m leaking details to the media is a poor excuse for their failure to respond to the serious questions of integrity pertaining to the contract between them and MP and Silva which they have also been releasing to the press. I have not been cited for any wrong doing in execution of my duties in the NEC,” Alila asserted.

“You have also been communicating to the sponsors without following due protocol and casting aspersions on the integrity of the contract with MP and Silva, negotiations of which you were privy to and part of.

“As a member of the NEC, you are bound by the principle of collective responsibility that applies to all and sundry within the institution. You are well aware that such actions contravene the integrity code to which you are bound and are punishable by invocation of the applicable provisions of the FKF, CAF and FIFA Statutes,” the FKF letter to Alila read in part.

“The sponsor has now demanded an explanation for this illegal insertion and has asked the federation to re-negotiate the contract. In addition, the sponsor sent funds to the federation totalling to USD833,000 and all clubs were not paid for the month of May 2015, so we are wondering where the Sh18m went,” the NEC member added in further explosive accusations against his bosses.

“These two gentlemen are holding Kenyan football at ransom. How did they bring Harambee Stars on board with this contract for matches organised by continental body, CAF, yet their marketing are done by CAF and Fifa?

“We cannot have a national president of a football organisation obtaining contracts that are not binding legally and expect the NEC to be bound by it. Nyamweya is under investigation by (anti-graft body) EACC after the President (Uhuru Kenyatta) handed his name and others whose conduct were found wanting and inappropriate,” Alila charged in his personal letter calling for Nyamweya and Asembo to go.

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