Rugby Rugby

Mutai faction in court to stop Union AGM


SASHA-MUTAINAIROBI, March 16- High Court judge Alfred Mabeya will rule on Tuesday morning whether to grant orders to stop Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) from holding their Annual General Meeting later in the afternoon.

Justice Mabeya will read his ruling at 8:45am ahead of the AGM scheduled for 4pm at Rugby Football Union of East Africa grounds in Nairobi where elections of a new board are on the agenda.

The injunction orders are being sought by the faction led by Sasha Mutai, who was voted chairman in a Special General Meeting (SGM) in February where the entire board led by interim chairman Gabriel Ouko was sent home.

Speaking to Capital Sport on Monday, Jack Okoth who was elected as Secretary General at the SGM said they cannot allow the AGM to go on yet their dispute with the group led by interim Ouko was referred to arbitration.

“As far as we are concerned the so called AGM is null and void because this was called a day after they were kicked out of office. The matter is before court and it was our request to refer the matter to the sports tribunal.

“So how do they rush to call for AGM to elect a third office and yet we already have two offices that are in conflict, I think it’s an exercise in futility and malicious. They delayed filing the case in tribunal but I’m glad the ministry of sports and Anthony General are defendants in this application,” Okoth who served as KRU CEO in Mwangi Muthee’s term declared.

Okoth who said Simpson Osiemo’s report on alleged graft in the Union was a sham added if they are not granted the court order, they will proceed to the Court of Appeal.

“We have not seen the report and it was a waste of time, the proper report was supposed to be done by Union official’s auditors PKF which they opposed and made Muthee resign.

“We will not stop until we get the structures. We cannot agree this to go on, this thing has to end and it’s ending this year.”

Interim KRU boss Ouko, through his secretary general, called for the Tuesday AGM to elect new officials.

Speaking after returning with the national sevens team from their tour of New Zealand and USA, Ouko declared he was keen for dialogue with the Mutai group to quash the leadership crisis in the organisation.

“All issues that were raised by the guys who wanted the SGM can be raised in the AGM so we are open to criticism, and the public is out there to judge us. I don’t think we need to go to the tribunal, it would be the last resort if we don’t agree,” Ouko who took over mid December after Mwangi Muthee resigned from the post said on February 19.

Cabinet Secretary for Sport, Dr. Hassan Wario had met KRU the group led by Mutai two days earlier and after deliberations, proposed for the matter to go for arbitration.

Principal Secretary in the ministry, Jasper Rugut was appointed to chair the arbitration process.

“Yes, we have agreed to go for arbitration because the Government was not happy with two groups claiming leadership of the union. We shall begin this process as soon as we receive word from the other side they are ready.

“We support efforts to bring the sport together,” Mutai told Capital Sport after meeting with the minister last month.

Former chairman, Richard Omwela, who lost to Muthee four years ago is seeking to return to the helm

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