AFC Leopards voters tore the tribal card to usher in Dan Mule as the new chairman in a hotly contested club election held at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani last evening.
The newly elected Chairman has vowed to steer the community football club to its lost glory. He beat Maurice Amahwa, the Mombasa Branch chairman who had ran a well-oiled campaign by 338 votes.
After his victory announcement, supporters broke into Luhya songs and dance outside the venue.
Mule did not hesitate to thank supporters of AFC Leopards,delegates who voted,and the electoral board IEBC for conducting a free and fair election. He promised to work to see unity among the Ingwe family.
Mule was ranked the ‘outsider’ by the team’s ultra conservatives owing to his roots from Machakos, eastern Kenya, but his outstanding record and astute stewardship as a Co-Chairman of the IMC has been rewarded with the mandate to lead the side established in 1964.
The soft-spoken businessman prevailed despite Opwora stepping down for Amahwa in the 11th hour to support a tribal campaign inside the Den dubbed in the local Luhya dialect as ‘lero luno eshiefu ne eshiefu’ (this time round, what is ours remains ours).
The outgoing chairman of Ingwe Mr. Mathews Opwora said the new management which is going to take on the club should try to unite the supporters
The club’s fans were not left aside as they spoke what they want the new management to do as they take over the club.
Mule vied and failed to clinch the seat in 2013 when he was beaten by Allan Kasavuli has steadily built his support base at the club after being co-opted as a Executive Committee Member.
Mule’s ally, Felix Shitsama garnered 1613 to take the deputy chairman post which saw Lawrence Ngacha his rival being beaten by a wide range.
The race for the Secretary General was a tight affair where Oscar Igaida (832) carried the day against closest challenger Robert Namai (759).
Timothy Lirumbi retained his Organising Secretary’s seat by a wafer thin margin of six votes with 920 against former player and coach, Gilbert Selebwa who polled 914.
Noah Wanyama (256), another revered retired star and father to Harambee Stars captain and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Victor Mugubi, was a remote third.