The Star (Nairobi)

28 December 2012

Kenya: Leopards Branches in Uproar Over Boss

AFC Leopards chairman Alex Ole Magelo's rumoured move into politics has earned the wrath of club fans across the country.

Officials from six branches of the club now want Magelo to relinquish his seat to pave way for another chairman who has only the interest of the club at heart.

They urged the club chairman to emulate former club bosses Alfred Sambu, Wycliffe Oparanya and Ababu Namwamba who tendered their resignations to plunge into politics.

They said Leopards was a registered and non-political society with office holders supposed to be non-partisan. The officials under a lobby group "Operation Linda Ingwe" want the Club t go to the polls before Magelo's term expires on Monday.

They have threatened to convene a clubs' meeting on January 1 should the club not hold elections by Monday. "We need new office bearers to prepare the club for the new season. It will be foolhardy to watch the club plummet in performance with officials who cannot be trusted with club affairs," they said.

The statement was signed by Nelson Amukabwa (Butere branch), Eddy Mpaka (Westlands), Darlington Otiato (Kariobangi Light), Naftali Okonda (Makina), Caro Osunga (Women League) and William Okumu (South "B").

The officials vented their anger on the chairman, accusing him and a few other officials of using the club to ascend to politics.

They also vilified Magelo over his move to send coach Jan Koops packing saying the Dutch coach was dismissed for no apparent reason.

"Why didn't Magelo go by his earlier threats of tendering his resignation should the club fail to clinch the league title," he said. The officials also want the chairman to present the club's audited accounts for six years starting from 2007.

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