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Mwendwa reads mischief in FIFA letter

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FKF Presidential candidate, Nick Mwendwa, prepares for a TV interview. He has urged full disclosure of correspondence betwen FKF and FIFA. PHOTO/Courtesy

FKF Presidential candidate, Nick Mwendwa, prepares for a TV interview. He has urged full disclosure of correspondence betwen FKF and FIFA. PHOTO/Courtesy

NAIROBI, September 23- Football Kenya Federation (FKF) presidential contestant, Nick Mwendwa is calling for the correspondence between the national body and FIFA that led to Wednesday’s directive to stick to the rules of the 2011 polls to be made public.

Reacting to Capital Sports fkf stop manipulating polls that outlined Fifa’s demands for the forthcoming sub-branch, branch and national elections that will be held between October 28 and November 13, Mwendwa read sinister motives in the world body’s orders.

“We resolved as stakeholders during the Annual General Meeting to adopt changes to the constitution of delegates and branches to counties.

“The FIFA letter referred to the potential changes in membership of FKF as tabled during the AGM which is not the position. FIFA normally does not go against resolutions of national assemblies,” the FKF-Premier League chairman said.

He read mischief that only contents of Wednesday’s letter by acting FIFA Secretary General, Markus Katter, were made public yet the letter addressed to federation boss, Sam Nyamweya started with “We refer to the recent exchanges”.

“It seems that correspondence by FKF to FIFA created the impression these were proposed rather than universally agreed changes. The letter did not also touch on the electoral code, only on the voting branches.

“This is against what we wanted to achieve. The status quo is conversant with the old system and it suits them well since they are familiar which whom they are dealing with and it is our wish full correspondence between FIFA and FKF is shown to us,” the Kariobangi Sharks chairman added.

He explained their push to have all 47 counties vote during the elections was to draw resources from their respective governments in a bid to open up more revenues to the game.

“For example, if you are the Kisii County chairman, you can go to the Governor of the region and get assistance on developing the game in that particular area. If this letter was sincere, then all others before it should be made public,” Mwendwa charged.

His allegations will only heighten fears the elections are being stage managed by the incumbency with Nyamweya keen to cling on to power despite the poor results on the international stage.

With FIFA also in the middle of a credibility storm, with the recent suspension of secretary and key president Sepp Blatter ally, Jerome Valcke over a World Cup ticketing scam, Mwendwa’s claims could drag the beleaguered world body into efforts to prop a discredited local administration in power.

It also shed dark clouds over FIFA’s assertion the proposed changes would have given players in the election an avenue to manipulate the elections.

Following the directive, 20 branches and 78 delegates, down from 94 will vote in the national polls.

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