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Delegates defy court order, elect new office

SASHA MUTAI

NAIROBI, Kenya, February 10 – The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) is in turmoil after Stomers RFC and affiliates on Tuesday defied a court order to go ahead and hold a Special General Meeting (SGM) at Nairobi’s RFUEA Grounds where they disbanded the current office and elected new officials.

Kisumu Magistrate Court had temporarily halted Stormers RFC and the KRU from convening a SGM, pending a hearing case on February 23 where Stomers chairman Kennedy Wesonga, KRU acting chairman Gabriel Ouko and his Secretary General Eddie Omondi were sanctioned to appear before the court after Kisumu RFC Secretary General Fredrick Maube filed the application.

Despite the injunction, the group led by Stomers RFC founder and former KRU CEO Jack Okoth soldiered on to hold the SGM where they elected former vice chairman Sasha Mutai as the interim  chairman, Gerald Chege as his vice, Okoth as the Secretary General while Joshua Aromi was appointed the treasurer.

Directors are former national Sevens head coach Benjamin Ayimba, Kennedy Monari, Patrick Mwangi, Daniel Kimoro, Ochieng Ohaya and Doris Mwanzia.

“We were not convinced that the court order was genuine because it had no seal neither the magistrate’s name and therefore after serving them with a 21 day petition of SGM notice we had no option but to follow the KRU constitution and go ahead with the meeting.

“The board members had acted in a manner that put the game into shame so we are already in office until the end of the team,” Okoth told Capital Sport.

Stomers had petitioned the KRU Secretary General, Eddie Omondi to convene a SGM to discuss alleged financial impropriety by some of the members of the board but the Union through acting chairman Gabriel Ouko termed the meeting illegal.

“Further to the response of the Union dated 31st January 2015 sent out to Stormers RFC and the affiliates, the Union reiterates that there shall not be any SGM of the Union on the10th February at 4.00pm at the RFUEA Ground, Ngong Road.

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“Under KRU Constitution, only the Union possesses the powers to issue a notice convening a SGM as well as receive and compile a Delegate’s list to any General Meeting of the Union. In addition, the Petition as received from Stormers RFC was fatally defective as it did not meet the constitutional requirements for calling for a SGM,” Ouko stated on Monday.

At the SGM, the group passed a vote of no confidence on the board where Mwamba RFC and University of Nairobi’s Mean Machine were the only teams from the Kenya Cup with 18 other teams coming from the lower tie.

“Whereas the Union board is charged with the responsibility of directing the affairs of the Union in accordance with section 5 of the constitution, the current board through its conduct continued to bring disrepute to the game of rugby.

“The board has been put in the spotlight, complaints being over conduct bordering on fraud by the members. Among complains are those coming from sponsors and the Rugby Patron Society,” a statement from the affiliates read.

This unfortunate scene comes just a week before the national Sevens team takes on England, Argentina and Canada at the fifth round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Las Vegas 7s.

The KRU elections were set to be held next month.

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