Dan Akala Shikanda has been elected for a second and final term as the AFC Leopards chairman after flooring his only challenger Ronald Namai during the elections held on Sunday at the Moi International Sports Centre indoor games Arena.]
Shikanda who has been at the helm of the club since 2019 was facing competition from the former club CEO whom he trounced in the last election and he completed a double over during the Sunday polls.
Oliver Napali Imbenzi was elected unopposed as the treasurer after the immediate holder of the post Maurice Chichi was not cleared to vie after his papers were not found to be in order.
During the polls conducted by the Centre for Multiparty Democracy Kenya (CMD- Kenya) at Kasarani Indoor Arena, members used their ID cards or Passports before to vote.
Upon his re-election, Shikanda thanked the members for having faith in him.
“It was a difficult season as you were not allowed to watch matches owing to the outbreak of Covid-19. But you supported the team throughout during that difficult period
I also want thank our players for giving their best to finish fifth in the league. We want to start our journey together. During my first term in office, we managed to trace the club’s land, just behind this stadium.
“As we start the new season, let’s join hands as we remember that AFC Leopards is the only institution to bring our people together. I want to assure members that we shall work hard to make to go back to where it belong,” he said.
Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant Polycarp Igathe, who briefly appeared at Kasarani, promised to bring more sponsors on board.
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The margin was however smaller this time round an indication of the members growing confidence in Namai or their waning trust in the former club winger.
In 2019 Shikanda got 456 votes compared to Namai’s 72 but on Sunday, the incumbent garnered 373 votes as Namai picked 261 votes. There were 56 contested votes in favor of Shikanda and 21 for Namai that were not included in the final tally as directed by the Sports Registrar Rose Wasike who was present at the venue.
Mombasa-based businessman Gilbert Andugu was elected new Secretary General. The position of Secretary General had attracted the biggest number of candidates (3) in the Sunday polls. Andugu saw off competition from Robert Situma and Tonny Omusina to win the post.