• Court blocks Leopards ex-officials from running club accounts

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Jun 30, 2011-

More trouble visited struggling AFC Leopards yet again after stinging 3-1 defeat at the hands of Sofapaka when former club officials were stopped from operating the club’s bank accounts.

Commercial Court judge, Justice Muga Apondi issued the temporary order following a successful application by the newly re-elected officials. The judge issued a temporary order to last for fourteen days pending the inter parties hearing of a suit filed by the bonafide officials.

The bank account in question is at Cooperative bank, Moi avenue branch. Justice Apondi at the same time stopped the former officials from selling replica jerseys belonging to the club and from profiteering from business related to the club.

The plaintiffs moved to court through its Chairman Alex Ole Magelo, Vice chairman George Wesonga, Secretary General Josephat Bukachi and Treasurer Patrick Keonzo. They sought court intervention under certificate of urgency arguing the former officials of denying them access to the club’s bank accounts and also meddling in the club’s management. Through their attorney William Arusei, they told court that the defendants being former officials of the club have refused to hand over the bank accounts of the club. The lawyer told the court that his clients’ could not move in affairs of the club in peace because the former o0fficials are still signatories to the said bank account.

The plaintiffs claim that on March 6 earlier this year, the club held a special general meeting at Nyayo National Stadium and conducted elections where they voted into office. They claim that their election was confirmed by the presiding and assistant presiding officer and that the same was recognized by the Ministry of Youth affairs and Sports. It is their case that they were legitimately elected in accordance with the wishes of the Club’s members and that they have been registered as club officials with the registrar general.

The plaintiffs further allege that since taking over of office, they have not been able to properly take over the management of the club as a result of the defendants meddling and interferences.

The suit papers state that the defendants have refused to hand over the bank account and have been accessing and withdrawing money from the said account without authority. They say that it is in the interest of justice that the former officials are stopped from meddling in club affairs because the same has occasioned massive loss and unnecessary confusion in its management.

The plaintiffs want the defendants compelled to hand over full management of AFC club. They also want the court to declare them as bonafide officials of the club. Justice Apondi has fixed the inter parties hearing for July 5.



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