As AFC Leopards prepare to hold their second fundraiser this Friday, August 15, you shouldn’t be taken by surprise should you get to the venue, Panafric Hotel, and get a welcome notice at the door saying ‘No Pledges or Cheques Allowed’.
Fourfourtwomedia can exclusively reveal that the club are yet to receive half of the Kshs. 5.5 million that was reportedly collected in the first fundraiser held towards the end of June.
“Everyone believes that we actually collected 5.5 million shillings. The truth of the matter is that we collected half that amount,” club chairman Walter Onyino, told Fourfourtwomedia.
“Some prominent leaders who made pledges never honored them and have not expressed desire to do so, while some issued bouncing cheques,” said Onyino who was reappointed Chairman in an interim capacity until elections in December.
A high-ranking official from Football Kenya Federation (FKF) as well as top leaders from western Kenya are among those who gave bounced cheques or made pledges of which they are yet to fulfill, Onyino revealed.
During the fundraiser, only Kshs. 2, 868,600 was in cash, Kshs.1, 592,000 (of which Shs. 1 million was from President Uhuru Kenyatta) was in cheque, while Kshs 1, 045,000 came from pledges. In making sense of Onyino’s comments, a majority of the aforementioned money has not been received.
“We are asking all Ingwe faithful to continue contributing to our paybill no. 196464 and help the club,” a distraught Onyino pleaded.
Ingwe were supposed to have the second fundraiser last week Friday but it was pushed apparently because the chief guest was out of the country as revealed by Fourfourtwomedia.
Onyino says they will use the remaining one week to mobilize fans and invited guests to collect more money and help the club.
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