NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 21 – The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) affiliates have accused the current office that is led by legendary Kipchoge Keino of reluctance to review the body’s constitution as directed by the International Olympic Committee.
The affiliates comprising all sports federations under Secretary General Andrew Mudibo on Friday cried foul over lack of cooperation from the NOCK Executive Committee, saying they will continue with the constitution review process as outlined in the mutually agreed timeline.
In September, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ordered NOCK to convene an Extraordinary General Assembly to address and solve issues raised over mismanagement of Team Kenya at the Rio Olympics, something that the affiliates claim has not been done.
Despite the challenges, the affiliates are determined to follow the timelines that will see stakeholders hold a meeting October 27 to deliberate the constitution, two days before the adoption of the new constitution as well as appointing an independent election board to oversee the December 3 elections.
In the interest of safe guarding the integrity of NOCK, the affiliates will be inviting IOC investigators to probe the conduct of the national Olympic governing body officials and inspect the accounts for funds that they have been giving for its affiliates programs.
“We shall be recording statements with the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission, and the Criminal Investigations Directorate over abuse of office, misuse of funds, ownership of NOCK assets, mismanagement of NOCK properties and illegal withholding of the Nike kit,” Mudibo, who is also the Kenya Table Tennis Association Chairman said.
“As officials of our National Sports Federations we shall not sit back and watch NOCK fall due to the personal interests of select-few individuals at the expense of the hard work of Kenyan sports men and women.”
“We will no longer be held ransom by the mismanagement and corruption that has plagued our sports for so many years and we are prepared to face the consequences of our actions even if it leads to a ban because such as a ban will ultimately ensure the future of sports for generations to come,” Mudibo stated.
The constitution review committee that has representatives from both NOCK and the affiliates, met twice with their last meeting held October 10 under the chairmanship of first vice chairman Be Ekumbo.
Among issues they agreed was the removal of right to vote from the members of the NOCK executive, removal of the chairman’s casting vote in the event of a tie to declare a winner of a position at the Electoral Congress and 2-term limit for officials of the NOCK executive in alignment with the Sports Act, 2013.