NAIROBI, December 3- For the second day running, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) have cried Wolf! to the independent Electoral Board; this time calling for the polls exercise that is slated to start Friday at sub-branch level to be postponed.
Nevertheless, candidates vying to unseat incumbent Sam Nyamweya at the December 14 National Elections reached by Capital Sport by press time accused the federation of playing Russian roulette with the exercise and vowing to press on with the elections.
In a letter addressed to Board chairman, Donald Kipkorir, signed by FKF chief executive, Michael Esakwa, Thursday, the federation is also demanding for the elections body organising body’s secretary, Irene Tindi, to step down from her position.
On Wednesday, Nyamweya, asked Kipkorir to allow delegates and clubs from North Eastern Branch to be allowed to take part in the exercise after allegedly being omitted to the list.
“We have received numerous and valid complaints from members of FKF,” the letter that outlined the grievances about the list of clubs and delegates published on the electoral board website on Thursday started.
FKF are aggrieved about omission of teams that genuinely participated in the leagues run by the governing body, addition of ‘ghost’ teams that do not qualify to participate in elections, missing delegates and removal of genuine delegates.
Tampering with the list of delegates and clubs provided by the FKF secretariat, defiance by a section of the board members on decisions reached and agreed by the body and advancing of partisan and sectoral interests round off the grievances list.
“In the view of the foregoing, I have been directed by the National Executive Committee to write to you and the board as follows; that the elections be put on hold until complaints arising from the list are resolved.
“That the Board Secretary steps down from her position as she had irredeemably compromised. That the Board reverts to the list published by FKF on its website and forwarded to the Electoral Board,” Esakwa wrote on.
While calling for the list on the board’s website ‘unacceptable’ the federation maintained they ‘shall not be party to a flawed process’.
“We have come a very long way. You cannot postpone an elections, Arrangements have been made, for example Team Change have people across the country.
“It’s true there are some issues in about four branches and these can be referred to the Board. If you have an issue, you can adress it with the board. The FKF is trying not to have elections because they will remain in office,” Nick Mwenda, a presidential aspirant and chairman of Kariobangi Sharks told Capital Sport.
“I appeal to everybody to go to elections. There is not any elections that does not have issues and you cannot stop the election on the eve. They are the ones causing these issues before they did not raise them earlier. They are the problem since they did not do their job,” he held.
Sport Pesa Premier League and Gor Mahia chairman, Ambrose Rachier dismissed the letter as an attempt by the federation to referee a process they are taking part in.
“The Board should serve the Annual General Meeting that appointed them. The chairman was appointed by Sam Nyamweya and for a process to be seen as credible, we cannot continue postponing the elections.
“It is too late to postpone the exercise and the Board should address all grievances but not until one party is satisfied, it should apply to all. Whether they conduct a flawed process or not, it is the Board that will be accountable,” Rachier stressed.
Last week, Nyamweya announced the elections would be held in Kakamega before Tindi insisted the national polls will be conducted in Nairobi in what was read as another effort to shift goal posts by an administration keen on clinging on to power by all means.
“The Board should be allowed to operate independently. We all accepted to be involved with them in charge of the elections, not FKF,” Rachier added.
Nyamweya who secured his first term on October 28, 2011 is seeking what he call his last term and prior to complaining to the board, had expressed confidence he would win by a ‘landslide’.
However, the incumbent has been accused of trying to arm-twist the Board and the latest development of calling for the exercise to be called off will be deemed as signs he has failed in having the playing field slanted in his failure among his critics.