2 January 2013

Kenya: New Twist in Coast Football As Clubs Suspend

Football administration in Coastal region took a new twist yesterday as clubs resolved to suspend South Coast branch secretary Evans Mwachia over allegations of misuse of office.

The meeting, convened by regional Football Kenya Federation (FKF) National Executive Council member Hussein Terry, claimed that Mwachia has been running the office without consulting the national office. Speaking at the stormy meeting at Tononoka ground before adopting the resolution, Patrick Renson alleged that the office has been planning football activities including leagues without involving the clubs.

The clubs meeting attended by top FKF officials from Taita/Taveta, Kaloleni, Kwale and Mombasa sub-branches had been convened to discuss the challenges they faced in 2012 and plan a mini-league after the initial one was declared illegal last month.

"If the office bearers led by Mwachia were in constant consultation with the national office as required, then such an issue would not have occurred. To avoid recurrence of similar incidents, we need to pass a vote of no confidence in him and suspend him altogether," said Renson. But contacted for comment later, Mwachia said he had the mandate to run branch activities including the provincial league hence operated above board.

He said he is yet to receive any official communication from the chairperson of the national leagues and completion Doris Petra on the same.

"As the secretary of the branch, I have the mandated to run activities of the branch I don't know why Terry is contesting yet there is no one who has complained. I don't acknowledge their suspension," said Mwachia. Terry, who has been enjoying cordial support from FKF national boss Sam Nyamweya has been at loggerheads with the Mwachia-led group over a number of issues including the recently concluded mini-league and the national Jamhuri Peace women's tournament.

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