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Delegates converge in Nairobi for crucial final

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) delegates hold their Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Nairobi today, two months after it aborted in Kisii with a total of 18 items on the agenda to be discussed.

The meeting, to be held at Nairobi Club, will have 68 delegates and among the subjects to be discussed include the president’s activity report, approval of the financial status, amendment of statutes, elections guidelines and discussion of proposals submitted by the members, where the issue of introducing counties to replace branches may be raised.

The delegates list published by FKF on Wednesday, received a clean bill of health from a number of stakeholders, despite some claiming that a few clubs in the list did not exist.

“I think the delegates list is fair because some of the delegates who had issues, have been omitted because their issues are yet to be sorted, however, some delegates are not genuine and some clubs do not exist, but we are ready for the meeting and we hope everything will go on as planned,” said Kariobangi Sharks chairman Nick Mwendwa who will be vying for the president’s post during the federation’s elections on November 13.

FKF while announcing election guidelines on Wednesday proposed the lifting of all suspensions and expulsions, but today’s meeting will have to ratify the proposal.

Yesterday, Mwendwa hosted 45 delegates at a Nairobi Hotel to strategise for the meeting as they plan to push their agenda one of them being the introduction of counties as well as pushing for favourable election guidelines that would make the exercise free and fair.

The election board consisting of Donald Kipkorir, David Mereka, Moni Wekesa, Betty Maina and Bernard Njoroge, named by the federation will also be discussed today.

Meanwhile, provincial league side Re-Union FC Chairman Gor Semelang’o has raised concern over the rules enacted by FKF which automatically lock him out of the country’s governing body’s elections.

In a terse statement, Semelang’o said the rule does not confirm to democratic principles and are tailored to condemn qualified officials to the periphery of football governance and centralise it in Nairobi. “Kenya is a democratic country where citizens have the opportunity to participate in any elections as guaranteed by our supreme law.

We are concerned that FKF executive committee proposes rules and regulations that do not serve soccer interests but rather perpetuate and support the status quo,” said Semelang’o.

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