Igaida, Ambani locked out of AFC Leopards polls

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 18 Jun, 2019 20:25 | 2 mins read
AFC Leopards club Chairman Dan Mule (Right) unveil new coach Stewart Hall at Vision Plaza Mombasa Road.

Current AFC Leopards Secretary General Oscar Igaida will not be on the ballot in the forthcoming club elections that will be conducted by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Sunday at Kasarani gymnasium.

Igaida failed the vetting process he institute paving way for Oliver Sikuku and Robert Situma to battle it out for the Secretary General post.

Kenya International Boniface Ambani who also failed the vetting process through his lawyer Fred Majani filed a case in court seeking clarity over the constitution in use.

There have been speculation on social media that the registrar of sports had issued orders stopping. AFC Leopards Elections board however dispelled the claims saying the elections are on and are unstoppable at this time.

“Those saying that the registrar has issued orders stopping elections should show you a document to prove their claims. We have done everything by the book and had consultative meetings with the registrar along the way,” board chairman Geoffrey Serede said on Tuesday.

“We have engaged IEBC to conduct the polls to dispel any notions that we are partial. Some individuals were accusing us of being appendages of the current secretary general but the same secretary general has failed our vetting process. So we are as impartial as required and club members should turn up and elect their leaders on 23rd without fear,” Serede added.

Candidates Cleared

AFC Leopards Elections board cleared club legend Dan Shikanda, former chief executive Ronald Namai and lawyer Ben Musundi for the chairman’s post.

Outgoing chairman Dan Mule has announced he will not defend his seat.

Current treasurer Oliver Imbenzi was also cleared to defend his post against the popular Maurice Chichi who is bidding to oust him from the sensitive docket.

Imbenzi was elected in 2016 alongside several others but is the only one with a chance to remain in the Ingwe management after the rest failed to make it to the ballot.

IEBC plans to conduct the polls from 7am to 1pm on Sunday before starting the tallying process.

Martin Nyaga of IEBC told People Daily that only those who will be on queue by 1pm will be allowed to cast their votes.

Nyaga also said that IEBC have organized security and enough polling stations for all registered members and we expect the polls to be smooth.

Ingwe has a total of 1002 registered members.

Unite the club

AFC Leopards council of branches chairman Gilbert Andugu urged the Ingwe supporters to put the club ahead of individuals and unite after the polls.

“AFC is bigger than any individual, we must not be divided by elections. Let us all rally behind the people on the ballot and pick one for each post. We all cannot be leaders,” Andugu urged.