NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 11 – Ambrose Rachier has been re-elected Gor Mahia chairman for a fourth three-year term following peaceful club election conducted on Sunday at Kasarani Stadium.
Rachier, a prominent lawyer, garnered 579 votes against his competitors Dan Oketch, who got 220 and former Secretary General Chris Omondi, who received 157 votes.
There were 3,0002 registered voters but in a hugely peaceful exercise at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani, less than 1,000 cast their votes.
Despite decorum and restraint hugely witness in the voting process that went all the way to early Sunday evening, three ladies were arrested in possession of fake ballot papers and detained at Kasarani Police Station.
Ahmed Ibrahim, the Gor electoral board vice chair who oversaw the whole process said the three were nabbed after being found with ballots which did not have the secret security seal which were a feature of the approved ballot papers for the electoral process.
Former Migori Member of Parliament, John Pesa, retained his seat as First- Vice chairman thanks to 451 votes that he collected to beat Faiz Magak Ochieng who got 334 votes.
Speaking while giving his acceptance speech, Rachier requested the case at the tribunal to be withdrawn so that the club can beat the club licensing deadline
“I was extremely confident of this victory especially with my success in this team with the core business which is playing football. We have done so well and won so much silverware,” Rachier said.
“I will work with everyone who has been elected. I had no camps and my first duty is to try and reunite fan base. We must bury all our differences and work for the good of Gor Mahia and i know we will achieve it because I’m surrounded by wise men in the new Executive Committee. First ting to deal with is amend our constitution to adhere with sports act,” he added.
Former Secretary General Omondi was gracious in defeat though he alleged some discrepancies.
“If you look at the total number of votes for the chairman’s seat, they are more by close to one hundred than all other votes. There’s something fishy there. But I will not challenge the result. The club is bigger than me and we only now have to work together to build Gor Mahia,” Omondi told Capital Sport after the announcement was made.
He addressed his supporters after the closure of the exercise and congratulated five of his team members who were elected into different posts.
“I trust that the five who have gone into the executive will help push our agenda which is to make this club great as it should be. It is evident by the number of new faces in the team that people yearned for change,” Omondi added.
Oketch who has been the most vibrant on the campaign trail left immediately after the announcement was made, shaking Rachier’s hand and congratulating him for the win.
Among the casualties who failed to retain their seats are Second-Vice chairman David Kilo, Treasurer Kennedy Ouma and his assistant Gerphas Okuku.
Kilo was beaten by George Ong’udi who collected 447 votes against the incumbent’s 332 votes.
Twenty-nine year old banker Sally Bollo was voted the new treasurer after amassing 370 votes ahead of incumbent Odhiambo who could only manage 95 votes while Jared Odhiambo got 234 and Moses Chito trailed with 85 votes.
Okuku, who collected 292 votes, lost the seat to Calvince Okeyo who received 343 votes while Carilus Onyango was last with 105 votes.
Bernard Omondi was elected the Secretary General with 301 votes, beating Samuel Ochola (282) and popular radio presenter Joseph ‘Gidi Gidi’ Ogidi (213).
Long serving Ronald Ngala, retained his seat as the Deputy Secretary General after garnering 402 votes to beat Ruben Ojijo who managed 360 votes.
Judith ‘Nyangi’ Anyango was voted the Organizing Secretary with 575 points beating David Nyadenga who garnered 198 votes.
Beryl Anyango won the Deputy Organizing Secretary seat after getting 480 votes ahead of Sammy Ochollah (227) who was the only competitor.