Gor’s constitution set for massive overhaul


Ambrose Dickens Otieno Rachier celebrates his victory as the Gor Mahia FC chairman elections 2016 at ...
(FILE)Ambrose Dickens Otieno Rachier celebrates his victory as the Gor Mahia FC chairman elections 2016 at the Safaricom stadium Kasarani on December 11, 2016. Rachier won with 547 votes. Photo/Oliver Ananda/www.sportpicha.com

By Chrisphine Magak

Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia are set to amend their constitution to expunge about seven elective positions from their executive committee.

According to Article 11(e) of a leaked preliminary draft constitution, which Citizen Digital has accessed and which is to be tabled for adoption on Sunday December 10, 2017 at the club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), it has been proposed that the chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary general, treasurer, organizing secretary and assistant organizing Secretary be the only elective officials eligible for a four-year term which is renewable once, as stipulated in the Sports Act.

Should this proposal pass through, then K’Ogalo could look forward to a lean office, contrary to the current format which is way too fat.

Article 14(b) of the draft reads; “Election of the office bearers shall be held every four years at the AGM in the year of election.”

Then article 14(k) explains eligibility for re-election; “All office bearers shall hold office from the date of election until the succeeding 4th year AGM subject to the conditions in these rules, but they shall be eligible for re-election for a maximum of one more term in the same position. The said term limit shall not take into account the period served in offices held in an acting capacity.”

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier casts his vote during the FKF national elections held at the Safaricom Stadium Kasarani in Nairobi on February 10 2016. Photo/Oliver Ananda/www.sportpicha.com
(FILE)Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier casts his vote during the FKF national elections held at the Safaricom Stadium Kasarani in Nairobi on February 10 2016. Photo/Oliver Ananda/sportpicha.

City lawyer Ambrose Rachier, who is serving his record fourth term as the club’s chairman, and any other officials, are therefore still eligible to run for their respective positions once their current term runs out.

Senior vice -chairman Francis Wasuna explains: “There were no term limits in the previous regimes. In fact, we simply conducted elections after every two years. We have now proposed a four-year term which is renewable once, according to the Sports Act.”

“Our understanding is that this is the first term under the new act (Sports Act 2013) so it should not affect him (Rachier). He can still run once more.”

The number of officials recommended in the 19-page document might reduce further if suggestions by Wasuna and secretary general Bernard Omondi are factored in.

Wasuna proposes that the positions of secretary general, organizing secretary and assistant organizing secretary be done away with.

Omondi said: “On the composition of EC, I also find it unnecessary to have the position of assistant organizing secretary. We should have less officials. In fact, the only person who should be elected is the chairman; and maybe one vice chairman and one honorary treasurer. In my view, we don’t even need a secretary general; the CEO should act as the secretary to the board because he is an appointee of the board,” Wasuna told Citizen Digital

Wasuna, who was elected unopposed last year and whose position as senior vice chairman is set to be scrapped off by the proposed constitution, added that a secretariat headed by chief executive officer should be empowered to undertake the day-to-day activities of the club.

Gor Mahia FC chairman Ambrose Rachier, Former Prime minister Raila Odinga, Sportpesa CEO Ronald Karauri and FKF president Nick Mwendwa display a new t-shirt for the club during the unveiling of club’s new kit at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on March 04, 2016. PHOTO/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha.

“Instead of many elected officials, we should have a secretariat with full-time CEO, finance officer, marketing officer, security officer, plus employees under them. The elected officials should just be like board of directors, who meet to set policies leaving the day-to-day running of the club to the secretariat.”

Currently, Gor Mahia’s national executive committee is composed of a whopping 11 officials including the chairman (Ambrose Rachier), senior vice -chairman (Francis Wasuna), first vice chairman (John Pesa), second vice chairman (George Ongudi) and secretary general (Bernard Omondi).

Others are treasurer (Sally Bolo), assistant treasurer (Calvince Okeyo), organizing secretary (Judith Anyango), assistant organizing secretary (Beryl Anyango), deputy secretary general (Ronald Ngala) and assistant deputy secretary general (Kevin Odhiambo).

Notice of the AGM has been issued to all registered members of the club with ‘Constitution’ being the second item of the day’s agenda.

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