Former Stars TM Hussein Terry says FKF planning to rig elections

Hussein Terry has alleged that FKF is planning to rig elections
Hussein Terry has alleged that FKF is planning to rig elections

Former Coast region NEC member Hussein Terry has alleged a plot by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to rig the forthcoming elections.

Speaking to Citizen Digital on Wednesday, Terry, who is running for FKF Secretary General position, alleged that the federation is already in the process of manipulating the elections by creating lists with fake clubs or fake list of voters.

“There are areas where the names of clubs that will participate in the elections are fake. In other cases, the clubs are real but the voters in the list are candidates’ relatives,” said Terry.

He accused FKF officials of staying in office and let the FKF elections Board run Kenyan football in the run up to the election, saying there position gives them undue advantage over other aspirants.

“It is astonishing that FKF insists on staying in office and running football matters and yet there is a board that should be left to do the work,” he said.

“FKF officials should vacate office and join us on the ground to hunt for votes ahead of the elections.”

The former Harambee Stars Team Manager also accused the federation of imbalance and lack of inclusivity in the appointment of the board saying most of those appointed are affiliated to certain groups.

Terry was suspended from taking part in football activities by FKF in 2011 after filing a case in court accusing the federation of corruption.

The former Coast Stars and Kenya Under 17 and Under 19 coach said, in a bid to push on with the case, he held a meeting with FIFA officials at their headquarters in Zurich but was advised to follow the right channel leading to his withdrawal of the case.

According to Article 62 Section 1 of FIFA Statute, disputes between FIFA, Members, confederations, leagues, clubs, players, officials and licensed match agents and players’ agents should be resolved by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) whose headquarters in Lausanne in Switzerland.

Article 64 Section 2 states: “Recourse to ordinary courts of law is prohibited unless specifically provides for in the FIFA regulations.”

Terry’s suspension was lifted this year and he has since launched a campaign to take up the Secretary General position in the next elections slated for November 13th, 2015.

‘My vision for Kenyan football’

He said if elected, he will work on taming corruption in Kenyan football and focus on grassroots development.

“My experience in Kenyan football makes me a suitable candidate for the Secretary General position. I have a better understanding of football having played for Blank Panther and coached Coast United, Kenya’s Under 19, Under 20 teams as well as Harambee Stars,” he said.

He said that he intends to use his understanding of Kenyan football to improve the standards of the sport in the country and improve the welfare of players.

“It is embarrassing that the federation cannot even pay allowances it owes Harambee Stars players. Most international players have been left frustrated in Nairobi because of failure by FKF to pay their dues,” he said.

Terry promised to change the FKF constitution within 90 days in office and form proper accounts department that will help tame corruption in the federation.

He also vowed to form youth structures and sports centres in counties and renovate fields in all the centres to help grow football at the grassroots.

Hussein Terry also revealed that the government is ready to give Ksh 160 million to clubs to purchase buses for their teams adding that there is need for procuring ambulances and employing security personnel for league matches to shift the burden from the clubs.

He weighed in on the long-standing FKF-KPL standoff expressing his support for KPL for managing Kenyan football well.

He pointed out at the successes that the league body has achieved in the last seven years including the rise in Kenya’s ranking in 2008 to position 68 globally, with KPL in charge.

Several candidates have expressed their interest in running in the forthcoming FKF elections with the incumbent Sam Mwamyeya, Gor Mahia chair Ambrose Rachiel, Gor Semelango, Tom Alila, Nick Mwendwa and Patrick Naggi among those eyeing the presidency.

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