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AK officials in ceasefire over Westgate horrors

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ISAIAH-KIPLAGATNAIROBI, Kenya, September 23- Athletics Kenya (AK) affiliates have postponed the contentious Special General Meeting scheduled for Friday due to the Westgate Mall terror attack.

Speaking in Nairobi on Monday, the branch members pushing federation boss to call the SGM have penned October 10 as the new date of the gathering meant to review the federation constitution and administrative structure.

“Last week, we had a meeting in the Cabinet Secretary’s office and we agreed to assemble at Riadha House today (Monday), but because of the Westgate attack, we decided to call off the meeting.

“It is the responsibility for the federation president to come up with a date,” AK vice-president and spokesman for the group pushing for the SGM, Paul Mutwii stated while sending condolences to the victims.

Speaking on the subject, AK boss, Isaiah Kiplagat, said he would consult with the members and decide the date for the arbitration meeting demanded by Sports, Art and Culture Secretary, Dr. Hassan Wario, to diffuse the impasse between the feuding parties at AK.

The development follows last week’s failure of a meeting convened by Kiplagat with the dissenting officials walking out on the long-serving AK chief as both parties rushed to the Cabinet Secretary’s office to press their case.

Dr. Wario urged them to resolve the stand-off internally precipitating Monday’s meeting that owing to the atrocities committed by terrorists at the Westgate Mall, has now been pushed back.

The meeting was attended by chairmen from 12 affiliates with Coast and Central branches sending apologies.

 

Newly elected IOC Member, Paul Tergat, called on the warring AK officials to close ranks for the sake of the sport with the spat that has lasted for a month paralysing activities at Riadha House.

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