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FKFK POLLS: Nyamweya and Allies In Dilema after Plot Flops

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The notices for the ongoing Football Kenya Federation (FKF) electoral code draft public participation has thrown off balance Kenya’s former football chief Sam Keengu Nyamweya’s camp.

After the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) canceled the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) elections it was song and dance in the camp led by Sam Nyamweya.

Confusion, somber and tense mood has gripped Nyamweya’s camp after the notices were issued by the federation for a public participation on the draft.

Immediately, the tribunal chaired by John Ohaga cancelled the elections the so called presidential aspirants caucus met and had unity pact in a ‘funny’ new found alliance at one of the sports clubs in Nairobi.

The group consists of five FKF presidential aspirants led by former football chief Sam Nyamweya, former AFC Leopards chairman Alex Ole Magelo, former Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga, Nairobi businessman Simon Mburu, Gor’s Lordvic Omondi Aduda and Eastern’s Angeline Mwikali who went to the High Court and the local Sports Disputes Tribunal challenging the FKF 2019/2020 electoral process.

The individuals shared posts where, Nyamweya was to be the president with either former AFC Leopards chairman Alex Ole Magelo or former Vihiga County Governor Pastor Moses Akaranga would deputise him.

Between Akaranga and Magelo whoever will not be Nyamweya’s deputy then will be considered for a National executive (NEC) post.

Former Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions chief executive Lordvic Omondi Adua was to be appointed as the federation’s Ceo with Steve Mburu of the defunct KPL side Nakumatt’s Steve Mburu running for the FKF Nairobi NEC representative post and eventually head the federation’s powerful finance committee as former FKF Eastern Nec representative Angeline Mwikali goes for Women representatives post.

The group was planning to pick registration forms from the Sports Registrar waiting in the backdrop of Nick Mwendwa’s led administrations end of term which ends on February 10th, 2020 to present their papers.

They wanted to take advantage of the impasse between Mwendwa and the Sports Registrar Rose over the registration of FKF and its compliance with the Sports Act where the Registrar has threatened to deregister FKF come February 10th if it fails to comply.

Mwendwa had defied the Sports Registrar orders of stopping the elections which were issued thorough the Sports Disputes Tribunal wanting the polls called off until the FKF has complied.

Nyamweya and his allies were intending to file their returns with the Sports Registrar upon the end of Mwendwa’s term in the hope that they will be received and assume office through the backdoor.

Things took a turn when Mwendwa and his executive accepted the tribunal’s judgement of canceling the elections and agreed to abide by the orders for fresh elections with a few days after the cancelation.

The judgment was delivered on December 3rd but on December 7th the federation issued fresh notices to its branches and affiliates for public participation forums on the draft electoral code in accordance with the tribunal’s orders.

To further throw spanners into the works, was the FIFA invitations extended to the Sports Registrar, Minister for Sports Ambasadeur Amina Mohammed and Sports ministry’s Principal Secretary Kirimi Kaberia and FKF executive in a meeting to take place early January to discuss on making the elections possible without any hinderances.

Nyamweya’s team is confused on their next course of action as they know participating in the elections they don’t stand a chance and failing to participate will leave a lot of questions lingering on why challenge an electoral process and then after winning the case they choose to stay away from the polls.

Their other option of forming a parallel football body will get a backlash from soccer stakeholders given they don’t have a credible reason of succeding given that the FKF has complied with tribunal’s orders in addressing their grievances for free and fair elections.

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Sony Sugar Barred from FKF Elections

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The 2006 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Sony Sugar have been omitted from the final list of clubs eligible to vote at the county and national level in the upcoming repeat Football Kenya Federation (FKF) elections.

The FKF Electoral Board chairman Kentice Tikolo said Sony have not been included the published list because of their relegation from the premier league by the federation for failing to honour three matches to leave KPL with 17 clubs eligible to vote.

The sugar millers have been experiencing financial challenges that saw them give away matches against AFC Leopards and Tusker, before a late arrival in Kericho on November 20th for a match against Zoo confirmed their worst fears of exiting the league.

The list can be accessed from the Board’s website via https://eb.footballkenya.org/eligible-clubs/
This follows the culmination of disputes window that resolved disputes to the Electoral Board on the preliminary register, published on February 6, 2020.

As stipulated in the 2019/2020 FKF Electoral Code, the list consists of 1,014 clubs that have actively participated in the FKF leagues in at least three of the last four consecutive seasons i.e. 2016, 2017, 2018, 2018/2019, and are currently active.

The voter register consists of clubs that will vote at the National and County Level.
At the national level, 17 of 18 Kenya Premier League (KPL) clubs minus Sony Sugar, 10 National Super league (NSL) clubs and 10 National Division one drawn from the two zones in order of the top five per zone.

Equally, women’s football will be represented by a total of five clubs from the Women’s Premier League (3 clubs), and the Women’s Division One League (2).

At the branch/county level, NSL and National division One cubs that have not been listed to take part in the national office polls and those in the Regional Leagues and County Leagues will be eligible to vote in their respective counties.

The board’s chairperson, Kentice Tikolo, said: “The board took an early decision to embark on a voter eligibility process to ensure that any pending issues are resolved at the outset of the process. This will ensure both delegates and candidates are appraised of their eligibility.”

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FKF Nominations: History Making Seeker Lillian Nandundu first off the Ramp

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The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) South Coast secretary Lillian Kazungu Nandundu seeking to make history as the federation’s first female branch chairperson kicked off the nominations process for branches by being the first to submit her papers.

In Kenya’s football administration history no woman has ever been elected to chair a branch, with Lillian having thrown her hat into the ring she is in the race of writing her name in the annals of history.

Nandudu was delayed from making history after Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) canceled all branch elections which were held on November 23rd, 2019 ahead of the December 7th , national polls which were also put off after she had secured the Mombasa branch safely in her wraps.

“Am not afraid of a repeat election that’s why I’ve confident offered again offered myself to run for the same post in which am confident of repeating the same feat of flooring my opponents,” she said after presenting her papers to the FKF Electoral Board on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at FKF House, Goal Project in Nairobi.

Dickson Angore submitted his candidature’s for Kilifi, while Hassim Akhoje and Salim Bambaulo submitted their papers for Kwale branch chairmanship where they will contest against each other.

On Thursday, aspirants from Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Taita Taveta, Wajir and Garissa counties submitted their nomination forms to the FKF Electoral Board ahead of the upcoming elections.

This was the start of a six-day nomination exercise period kicked off on Thursday, February 13, 2020.

The deadline for submission of relevant documents is Tuesday, February 18, 2020, after which the Board will publish a preliminary list of candidates on February 21, 2020.

County elections have been scheduled for Saturday, March 14, with the national elections slated for Friday, March 27, 2020.
Nomination Schedule
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Mombasa (9 am), Kwale (10 am), Kilifi (11 am), Tana River (12 noon), Lamu (2 pm), Taita Taveta (3 pm), Garissa (4 pm), Wajir (5 pm)
Friday, February 14, 2020
Mandera (9 am), Marsabit (10 am), Isiolo (11 am), Meru (12pm), Tharaka Nithi (2 pm), Embu (3 pm), Kitui (4 pm), Machakos (5 pm)
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Makueni (9 am), Nyandarua (10 am), Nyeri (11 am), Kirinyaga (12 pm), Murang’a (2 pm), Kiambu (3 pm), Turkana (4 pm), West Pokot (5 pm)
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Samburu (9 am), Trans Nzoia (10 am), Uasin Gishu (11 am), Elgeyo Marakwet (12 pm), Nandi (2 pm), Baringo (3 pm), Laikipia (4 pm), Nakuru (5 pm)
Monday, February 17, 2020
Narok (9 am), Kajiado (10 am), Kericho (11 am), Bomet (12 pm), Kakamega (2 pm), Vihiga ( 3 pm), Bungoma (4 pm), Busia (5 pm)
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Siaya (9 am), Kisumu (10 am), Homabay (11 am), Migori (12 pm), Kisii ( 2 pm), Nyamira ( 3 pm), Nairobi West (4 pm), Nairobi East (5 pm)

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Communications Guru to Midwife FKF Elections

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A communications expert and Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Wazito FC former chairperson Kentice Tikolo brings her wealth of experience in chairing the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Electoral board.

Kentice wife to the first indigenous Kenyan to chair the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) has over 20 years’ experience in Strategic Corporate Communications and Public Relations, having grown through the ranks, from a public relations officer to Head of Corporate Communications for a large state corporation, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

“I feel privileged and honoured by the confidence bestowed on me by my colleagues in the board by vesting me with this responsibility as the chairman of the FKF Electoral Board. I say thank you and promise not to disapoint,” she said.

She says from her experience she wants to deliver a credible electoral where the voices of the football stakeholders and family will be heard in choosing the leaders of their choice.

Kentice led Wazito FC into Kenya Premier League promotion in 2018 and onto strategic sponsorship before it reverted to new ownership by Badoer Investments Chief Executive Officer (Ceo) and founder Ricardo Badoer in 2019.

Kentice apart from leading a football club has nurtured his son Jefrey Tikolo into a promising footballer, who has the record of scoring the fastest FKF Cup fastest goal by netting in the3rd minute for Tandaza to edge out the 2009 finalists Congo Boys 1-0 away in Mombasa on January 19th.

Kentice is a former Chairman of the Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK), and Africa’s representative on the board of the Global Alliance for PR & Communication Management.

In Kenya’s 2013 and 2017 general elections, she was the UWIANO Platform communication specialist, in which she developed, oversaw implementation and management of the platform’s communication strategy.

UWIANO Platform’s members were IGAD’s CEWARN Conflict Early Warning and Early Response Unit (CEWERU), the National Steering Committee on Peace Building and Conflict Management (NSC).

Other members included the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), PeaceNet Kenya, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEBC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Women (UN Women).

Kentice conceptualised and implemented the first edition of Beyond Zero and the First Lady’s Half Marathon in 2014, which is an event for a charitable course.

As the Managing Director and Founder of Impact Africa Limited (IAL), a strategic PR & Communication company, she has been able to support various social impact initiatives.

They include the development of Kenya’s Highway Code, New Drivers’ Curriculum and Handbooks – for the National Transport Safety Authority; Management of Aflatoxin, for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA); the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM, for NEMA), among several others.

Kentice has supported large international organisations and governments in developing communication strategies, using innovative tools.

In 2011, she was the Deputy Director; Operations for UNICEF in Addis Ababa, where she was contracted to manage the 16th International Conference on AIDS & STIs in Africa (ICASA), a USD 9.2 million event that hosted just over 10,000 participants.

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