The youthful long-serving Kariobangi Sharks chairman Nick Mwendwa is the new president of the Football Kenya Federation.
Mwendwa, 37, an Information and Technology specialist polled 50 votes to floor Nairobi-based lawyer and Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier who garnered 27 votes during the federation national elections at the Safaricom Indoor Arena, Kasarani on Wednesday.
Ssemi Aina got no vote so too did outgoing chairman Sam Nyamweya, who stepped down moments before voting started.
Nick’s running mate Petra Doris was elected vice-president in a re-run after garnering 53 votes against Dan Shikanda who managed just one vote while Andrew Amukowa got none.
An elated Mwendwa said: “I had said for long that we would win this and we did it today. We now have a new federation and the aim is to begin with youth football, get the national team to prepare adequately for the next game and also change the people’s attitude on the game.”
Rachier said: “I must accept the results. It was a clean and transparent exercise here on the floor but what I can complain about is the bribery of delegates.
“With the level of poverty in this country, it is hard for a delegate to turn down a Sh150,000 bribe,” he claimed. “Some of my delegates asked me to let them go eat the money and come back and it seemed they never came back. I do not have prove but have word that it happened. Now I’ll work with the new chairman,” Rachier said.
Mwendwa’s running mate, Doris Petra, triumphed with 36 votes to beat Andrew Amukowa on 21 and Dan Shikanda with 13.
They however they had to wait for a run off as none of them had attained the 50 percent threshold. By the time of going to press, a run off had not been conducted.
Mwendwa’s victory was achieved through a well organised campaign based on backroom lobbying, elaborate ground network and financial muscle which enable him to sway the neutral delegates.
David Gikaria, who is also in Mwendwa’s Team Change, was elected the federation’s national executive member of Rift Valley with a landslide polling 42 votes ahead of closest challenger, Kipchumba Joe Birgen who had 24.
Others were Moses Kamalik, Geoffrey Kiptanui (four each), Bernard Shitiabayi (2), while Letting Isaac got no vote.
NEW NEC MEMBERS
David Gikaria (Rift Valley), Nabea Timothy (Eastern), Raphael Mwalungo (Coast), Kimani David Njoroge (Central), Enos Kweya (Western), Mohamed Mula Mohamed (North Eastern), Joseph Andere Oduol (Nyanza) and Chris Amimo (Nairobi).
1963-1964 Isaac Lugonzo
1964-1968 John Kasyoka
1968–1970 Caretaker committee led by Jonathan Njenga
1970-1973 Martin Shikuku
1973 Caretaker committee led by Billy Martin
1973-1974 William Humphrey Ngaah
1974-1975 Dan Owino
1975-1978 Kenneth Matiba
1978-1980 Dan Owino
1980–1984 Clement Gachanja
1984-1992 Job Omino
1992-1996 Caretaker committee led by Matthew Adams Karauri
1996-2000 Peter Kenneth
2001-2004 Maina Kariuki
2004 Normalisation committee led by Kipchoge Keino
2004-2007 Alfred Sambu
2007–2011 Mohamed Hatimy
2011–2015 Sam Nyamweya
2016- Nick Mwendwa