- Contestants must be degree holders from accredited institutions.
- They shouldn’t also be bankrupt and must have a sound mind.
Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has confirmed that he will defending his seat in the forthcoming club elections slated for August 8.
Delegates will proceed to vote online following a government ban on public gatherings to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
All the elective seats (chairman, secretary – general, treasurer and their deputies) will be up for grabs.
Speaking on Saturday during an interview on Radio Jambo, Rachier specified that all the contestants must be degree holders from accredited institutions, and who have paid up their membership fee for the past three consecutive years. They shouldn’t also be bankrupt and must have a sound mind.
Asked if the requirements were not intentionally imposed to lock out potential competitors, Rachier said that the laws were put in place by members during a meeting held to deliberate on a new constitution.
“Members met and passed all the amendments to the constitution that set the new thresholds.”
Asked how come he was running for the position again yet he was on record having said he will not be defending it, Rachier replied that it would be unwise of him to abandon the club in its greatest hour of need.
“I only said once last year, that I will not be defending my seat. That’s when Gor was still doing well financially. I changed my mind when the clubs started experiencing problems,” said Rachier.
He challenged those who have a problem with his decision to vie again to join the race and try to unseat him.
Rachier said that the process of establishing an Electoral Board had begun in earnest. The board will afterwards, upon taking oath of office, identify a firm that will conduct the electoral process.
Qualifications is not necessary because those elected are not even paid. In fact, we had talked about having a diploma and not a degree as he says.”
We had talked about a diploma, not a degree, says Nyangi
The club’s organizing secretary, Ms. Judith Nyangi has, however, denied that members had met earlier to ratify a clause requiring contestants to be degree holders.
The requirements, she said, were still inapplicable given that the constitution was yet to be officially unveiled.
“The proposed document hasn’t even been taken to the Registrar yet,” said Nyangi.
She wondered why Rachier was laying much emphasis on a degree yet the elected office bearers are not paid salaries, adding that leadership was not about academic qualifications.
“Qualifications is not necessary because those elected are not even paid. In fact, we had talked about having a diploma and not a degree as he says.”
Nyangi said that only employable positions required professional qualifications.
“As officials, our work is mainly oversight. We are elected by members to serve as watchdogs, to ensure that funds are put to good use.”
“We are there to ensure that things are done properly.”
Nyangi said that there are people who are keen to transform Gor Mahia into an exclusive membership club.
“People should stop imposing rules to shut out others. This is a community club. People travel far and wide just to watch the club play.”
She said that she will be going for the treasurer’s seat in the next election following persistent requests from members whom she said wanted her in that office because of the trust they had in her.
Sally Bolo, the current Treasurer, is said to be eyeing a different seat. Although she has been cagey with details about her future pursuits in the industry, sources say she may go for FKF National Women Rep seat in the forthcoming elections.
“Members are willing to contribute money in support of the club but they they are being held back by issues revolving around the integrity of those employed to manage the funds.”
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