NAIROBI, Kenya, May 30- With a board meeting convened to discuss his fate Phillip Jalang’o has taken steps to declare his suspension as Director of National Squads and Elite Performance at Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) illegal.
Jalango’s riposte through his lawyers, Muthaura, Mugambi, Ayugi and Njonjo Advocates gives the Union until Wednesday, June 5 to respond to his plea before legal action is taken against the governing body.
In a demand letter sent to KRU chair, Mwangi Muthee, Jalango terms his suspension unlawful since it goes against the Union’s constitution.
“Our client is an elected member of the board under the provisions of Article 10.2.2 of the Constitution of the Union. He is not therefore, subject to disciplinary proceedings by the board and can only be removed from office under the provisions of Article 10.2.2 and 10.12 of the Constitution of the Union,” the legal letter signed by Jomo Nyaribo on behalf of the firm states.
The complainant continues to highlight action against him and portrayal of the same in local media through a press release from the Union has, “As a direct result of the said press release, our client continues to suffer discredit and a negative image from Union members and members of the public in general.”
By stating in the same release “The National Squads and Elite Performance committee has been reconstituted with Mr. Gabriel Ouko as the Convener,” KRU were in essence inferring a “Pre-determined outcome of the disciplinary process.”
“It is clear the statements contained therein were replete with misrepresentations and inaccuracies of and about our client. In particular, our client contends that it is malicious for the Union to state that;
“Our client was involved in unstated actions in his capacity as Director or member of the board that have warranted disciplinary proceeding and our client is attempting to discord the Union.”
In his demand, Jalango’s legal term seeks to be provided with the minutes of the board meeting held on May 27 when he was suspended pursuant to the provisions of Article 10.22.4 of the Union’s constitution.
The immediate retraction or withdrawal of the suspension letter that does not contain reasons behind the move and detailed substantiation of the defamatory allegations made against him as well as an unequivocal apology drafted in terms acceptable to the complainant.
On Monday, KRU released a statement suspending Jalango over what was not explained in detail.
“He is therefore not authorized to act or speak on behalf of Kenya Rugby Union &/or its affiliates pending a disciplinary hearing. He is further suspended from participation in any Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) sanctioned activities,” the Union added.