Onyino quits as AFC Leopards’ vice-chairman

AFC Leopards' secretary general Winston Kituyi reveals to Goal that Onyino was forced to quit after he signed the controversial Zuku/ Ingwe TC deal
By Dennis Mabuka

AFC Leopards’ top management as received a big blow following the unceremonious resignation of vice-chairman Walter Onyino.

AFC Leopards' secretary Winstone Kituyi has exclusively revealed to Goal that Onyino tendered his resignation after the team’s 3-0 victory over Sofapaka at City Stadium on Saturday because of the Zuku/ Ingwe TV deal.

"I am aware he (Onyino) has resigned due to the Zuku deal. He had no authority to sign and the officials authorized to sign distanced themselves from the deal leaving him exposed.

"The best thing he had to do was to resign and even sponsors Mumias Sugar have been notified."

Efforts to reach Onyino proved futile as his phone was switched off. Onyino's resignation comes barely two days after Kenya Premier League (KPL) gave the club until Monday (June 24) to revoke a deal signed with Zuku to air a magazine show.

Onyino remained adamant that AFC Leopards had done nothing wrong to sign the deal and instead, threatened to take KPL to court should they suspended the club from the league.

“I am shocked that KPL has taken such a decision even after we met last week and decided that we will solve this matter through the IDCC.

“We will not be terminating the contract because we feel that we have not done anything wrong and if indeed we are suspended, then we will move to court,” Onyino was quoted telling Goal.

It was however, not clear whether Onyino will still be vying for the chairmanship post during the club's election scheduled for June 29. Onyino had earlier declared his intention to vie for the seat alongside Allan Kasavuli and Mathews Opwora.