NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 6- Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier remained calm, even in the midst of a huge storm at the club over the anticipated elections and proposed new constitution.
Rachier, who has seen Gor win three back-to-back Kenyan Premier League titles, confirmed the club would be going to the polls in December this year.
“There is no crisis at Gor and I don’t understand when people say there is. We are going to hold elections in December this year. There should be no worry about that. The Sports Act requires us to be compliant before going into elections and that means we must amend our constitution to meet several matters outlined on the Act,” Rachier said.
This comes as some branch members, who Rachier has now blasted as impostors, came up in arms over the previously called off Special General Meeting and the eagerly awaited elections.
“The other day I saw people purporting to be branch chairmen while some of them are security men and I was left wondering. Somehow in the Gor Mahia fraternity we know people. I saw certain faces of people I can identify. Some don’t even belong to any branch. They must have been paid a very handsome amount to appear there,” Rachier said on Thursday morning.
“There is this notion that we want to bring in a constitution that will favour us to remain in office, but it’s not the case. We have a roadmap and by December, we will be having an elective AGM,” the seasoned lawyer added.
On Sunday, three representatives from each of the 95 Gor Mahia branches will meet at the Nyayo National Stadium where the proposed new constitution will be sieved through and ratified, before SGM is called to pass the same after 14 days.
“If the parties agree on it (the constitution), then we will call for an SGM. I can assure I will not even chair the meeting. We will have constitutional experts chairing the meeting and we hope at the end of the day they will have agreed on the draft. Once a consensus is achieved, then we can call for the AGM and start the process of elections,” Rachier affirmed.
He has also quashed claims that he made the whole constitutional change a top secret, only allowing incumbents close to him to work on it.
Rachier says all branch representatives will have an opportunity to have their input and only issues agreed by all parties will be put in the final draft of the constitution.
“This constitution has not been drafted for our own purposes. We will adopt the draft that will be agreed upon by everybody,” Rachier affirmed.
Meanwhile, the Gor boss believes the club will be able to beat the Club Licensing deadline of October 31, saying after passage of the constitution which is one of the requirements, they will move with speed to ensure they comply with the other requirements.
Football Kenya Federation says clubs which will not beat the deadline will not be allowed to play continental football next season.