Kenyan Players Set to Demonstrate Against the Federation

The Forum for Democratic Change Secretary General for Kabale District Sentaro Byamugisha has been nominated to contest for the Kabale municipality mayoral seat in the 2016 general elections as an independent candidate.

Byamugisha decided to contest as an independent after boycotting last week’s FDCs party primary elections citing irregularities.

After his nomination on Wednesday, there  he pledged to develop roads, find boost education and health standards, sickness beautify Kabale town, address electricity issues and manage the garbage disposals.

Dr Pius Ruhemurana who has been the Kabale Mayor since 1997 was nominated on Tuesday as the FDC flag bearer as well as NRM’s Paul Birungi, while Wilson Mbabazi a lawyer is to stand as independent candidate.

A major standoff between the incumbent and Byamugisha which split the party members down the middle and forced the latter to go independent, is now feared to affect the opposition party’s efforts to defend the seat.

Even the intervention of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President Major General Gregory Mugisha Muntu failed to yield fruits.

Several meetings have been held without success to sort out the wrangles between the two which led to the closure of  the party offices of the both contenders.

The Kenya Footballers welfare association (KEFWA) has organised a peaceful demonstration in solidarity with the national team players who were purportedly mistreated by their local federation en route to their unfruitful second round World Cup qualifiers against Cape Verde.

“Following the mistreatment and infringement of Harambee stars players who are members of KEFWA, advice we plan to stage peaceful demonstration holding non-offensive placards from the Wilson Airport where we will receive them to Football Kenya Federation offices, click ” part of the letter to the authorities reads.

Kenya headed into the second leg in Praia with a 1-0 advantage but bowed out after losing 2-0 after arriving in the country less than two hours to kick-off.

“We have just landed right now…despite the difficulties, we are going to fight for the nation,” one of the stars Michael Olunga posted an hour to the game.

The build up to the match was the talk of the town dominated by off-pitch drama.

First, the Kenyan team lacked funds to cover the air tickets but luckily enough the government provided a chartered plane. On the eve of their departure which was Sunday, the players in unison unanimously refused to board the plane until all their pending dues are settled.

The federation settled the dues before the team left for Praia.

The federation chairman Sam Nyamweya was summoned by the country’s criminal investigation department over the mismanagement of government funds to the national team totaling to Kshs.18 M (UgX 550M).

The football fraternity is headed to national elections with wide outrage for the incumbent to vacate the seat.

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