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Minister urged to disband AK executive

KIPSANG-NEW-YORKNAIROBI, Kenya, February 17 –Retired and active athletes led by two time Boston champion Moses Tanui and former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang have ramped up the pressure on Athletics Kenya (AK) president Isaiah Kiplagat by urging the Government to disband the federation executive for failing to end stem wrangles.

The 15 runners who also included former two-time world 800m champion Billy Kinchellah tabled their concerns to Cabinet Secretary for Sports Dr Hassan Wario, whom they requested to form an interim committee to run the sport at his office in Nairobi.

“We have put our issues on the table and the minister is having a look at them. We still have a court case going on and the decision is due this month so we want to take step by step to make sure what we are doing is correct.

“Our main goal is to replace AK officials and I believe we have Olympians, World champions and record holders who are capable or even doing better than them. We are calling for the whole executive to be disbanded,” said Konchellah who won the 1989 and 1991 world 800m titles.

Kipsang who is the president of Professional Athletes Association of Kenya (PAAK) said they are ready to bring change to the most successful federation in the country since AK top brass has failed to embrace dialogue.

“Those who are affected are the athletes and when that office is not in order; we athletes so if the issues are not addressed, then it will be difficult for runners to represent the country well.

“We are ready to push forward for change through our new association because we know where the problem is. AK’s constitution locks out retired and active athletes from expressing their views and there is no way we can air our grievances,” Kipsang who won Sh45.7m (USD500, 000) World Majors Bonus last year on the back of his London and New York Marathon victories expressed.

Speaking after a five hour meeting at the minister’s office in Nairobi, retied athlete’s chairman Tanui, said the meeting was fruitful.

“This is a long process and we have just started, this is our first meeting with the minister who has promised to help us out. We must put things straight and as stakeholders we are advocating for change.”

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Among the grievances they wanted addressed is doping where they claimed AK seems not to take seriously confirmed cases of drug cheating.

The athletes also complained of allowances and prize money, citing the recent case at last year’s world relay championships in Bahamas where they alleged the prize money was deducted.

Their other concern was lack of proper kit during major championships, team selections and composition of the Executive Committee office which they said had no athlete representative.

Other former world beaters who attended the meeting are 1987 world marathon champion Douglas Wakiihuri, 1988 5000m Olympic champion John Ngugi, 2008 Beijing 800m Olympic champion Wilfred Bungei, Daniel Komen (world champion 1997 Athens), Shem Kororia, Stephene Ole Marai, Mwangi Mutua, Edwin Koech, Joshua Chelang’a, Ruth Waithera, Atori Boru, William Tanui, Justin Jepchirchir and Tecla Sang.

Kiplagat has come under fire from athletes and 14 AK branch affiliate chairmen who want him step down from the seat he has held for over five terms.

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  1. Nash

    February 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Hiyo photo iko juu

  2. Wtf

    February 21, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    it doesn’t take a genius to know there is reasonable doubt innocent until proven guilty

  3. Hkannenje

    February 21, 2012 at 8:35 pm

     If Loius otieno is innocent. His statements and behavior are betraying him.  I will make him my first suspect.

  4. The Forensic Guy

    February 22, 2012 at 4:07 am

    I am a forensic linguist specializing in verbal and non-verbal cues to deception detection. I have analysed the Louis Otieno clip using what in forensic linguistics we call Criteria-based Content Analysis (CBCA). 98.7% of all his utterances and non-verbal language are oriented towards deception. Simply said – Louis is lying through the teeth. 

    He should thank God that he has part-time membership to that select Kenyan elite group that gets away with crimes due to impunity. With Tobiko and corrupt judges, I have no doubt that Louis will walk on a technicality. Wasn’t murder supposed to attract no bail? If Louis used a hired killer, he can have the killer whacked, and the killer’s killer whacked – ad infinitum – to compound investigations (if the police ever do investigations!). But it is Kenya!

    • Muriuwandauti

      February 22, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      Hi Forensic guy, – I am no forensic guy but i know a liar when i see one. And this was truely a coached liar, you saw the hand? the voice balance? the double negatives? i could pick it up very simply.

    • Gwenlink29

      February 22, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      Hi Forensic Guy, – when i look at LOs clip its just so obvious that his body language is very suspicious. He is very reluctant to make eye contact, he brings up stories not related to his relationship with the deceased, he keeps fidgeting through out the interview and being a media personality, shouldnt he have more confidence than that, esp if he is innocent????? Just more questions than answers….is he really telling the truth?

    • Pratt

      February 23, 2012 at 7:17 am

      I totally agree Guy. I took a very keen look at his eyes during his pronouncements and obviously, there something telling about the fellow. And not only that, the fact that his story was given such prominence by prime minister’s paper the Star, given that he is based at Pm’s office, says alot. After all, a mere simple denial can not be a major news item. Either he misused his office to add weight to deceit, or wanted to assault investigations, if not attempt on misleading.  

    • Kalifako63

      February 24, 2012 at 8:38 am

      So why dont you help the family or the police to do investigation instead of telling it on the blog.So if people who read the blog know it is L.O who killed her,what next?Do you think this is what will help to catch her killers? If you claim to have knowledge which is useful and do not use it wisely, you are no better than the one who killed her

  5. photographer

    February 22, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Enyewe hiyo picha iko juu?

  6. Gcrown

    February 22, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Am I the only one seeing it…, Louis doesn”t seem like one who has “lost a friend”. Where is the deep feeling of loss/remorse….., where is the shock when “i learnt it from the police” and if “….ours wasn”t on the promise of marriage…” or whatever else…, then how dear did he really hold Careen?… ?????? lost of question marks hah!!!?

  7. JeffM

    February 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Louis, I am told you had a very colorful wedding at NPC Valley Road.  If you had respected the vows you made to your wife and not go chasing skirts, you wouldn’t be a suspect today?

  8. Pearlofnairobi

    February 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Whether he is guilty or not only God knows but unfortunately for him there exists a motive and must remain a person of interest which does not necessarily mean he is guilty or innocent…I feel for the family of the young woman and for the loss of her life at a very exciting age…So I guess we have a strangler on the lose, Kilimani residents lock your doors and windows.

  9. Njeri80

    February 22, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Please can the family hire a private investigator… the cops will obviously not do enough justice to nail the culprit.

  10. Oceanic Underscore

    February 23, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Innocent until proven guilty is key. Why are we not saying she was killed for refusing to leave LO, to save family? I see so many angles to this story including the obviuos criminal attacks so rampat in our city.

    • Pratt

      February 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Super spinning pal! Evidence has to be there to point to a direction. But you are visiting someone every other night and then you are not there. No explanation and somebody is killed, even speculation abounds of someone having gone underground, what do you really make of all this? And then a fellow surfaces with a lawyer in tow, claiming ” her family never approved our relationship, no marriage promise, just a friend!” Does that really add up? Do you think if it was an ordinary relationship question of her family could ever came up? And how do you tell us that “her family never liked you” when she is gone anyway, pointing fingers, diverting attention or ……?

  11. Marikos

    February 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Kenyan Celebs are disgusting to the core.

    • Ms Jay

      February 27, 2012 at 8:44 am

      They got OJ….his day is coming….

  12. Marikos

    February 23, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    The chinesse are quite awaiting dingo’s fate.

  13. guest

    February 24, 2012 at 9:32 am

    maybe he was nervous and unsettled ? why look for evidence of guilt – this is hoe lynch mobs are whipped up

  14. Jeniffer Wanjiru

    June 14, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    evn he did it what will help poor lady she is gone and only God will be the jury and the lawyer and what goes around comes around let the time and the God judge him

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