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Nyamweya cries foul over NE poll plot

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FKF President, Sam Nyamweya. PHOTO/XINHUA-File

NAIROBI, December 2- Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss, Sam Nyamweya, has alleged a plot to lock out clubs and delegates from the North Eastern region from participating in the forthcoming elections that kick off on Friday.

In a letter sent to FKF Electoral Board chairman, Donald Kipkorir that he copied to media on Wednesday, Nyamweya who is vying for a second tem writes, “we have credible information over an attempt to lock out clubs and delegates from the above region from taking part in the forthcoming football elections.”

The incumbent -who faces five challengers to his seat- also pulled out of a live television debate with the other aspirants despite being served “sufficient notice” to appear.

In his letter, Nyamweya states the region that is not renowned for vibrant sporting, let alone football activity, has been taking part in the game ‘just like all other branches in the republic.’

“As a federation, we are therefore, deeply concerned that some outside forces are bent on barring the branch from the forthcoming elections which is against the spirit of equal representation in football within the country.

“We therefore, as a matter of urgency, bring to your attention that the clubs and delegates list already submitted by you by the National Executive Member (Ahmedsaid Mohammed) be published and included in the voters roll,” he alleged without naming the ‘outside forces’ involved in the plot as he urged the Board to ‘act accordingly’.

On October 28, some of the Board members accused Nyamweya himself of attempting to scuttle the elections by giving sub-branch delegates wrong dates before the matter was resolved.

The elections that will be conducted by the Institute for Education in Democracy have been rocked by accusations of vote buying, doctoring of the delegates lists and other malpractises by both the incumbent and challengers.

Last week, the Electoral Board cleared six to run for the top job.