- Seven registered Gor Mahia members have moved to address a letter to Electoral board Chairman Henry Kowero and Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier threatened to file legal suit in seven days saying the exercise is illegal.
The seven members have insisted that the club must ensure the elections conform to the Sports Act 2013 and Kenyan constitution 2010 failure to which they will move to court to stop the polls.
Among the seven members are veteran sports journalist Gilbert Wandera, Kulendeng branch’s Ben Agunda, and Sewe Odero. Others are Alfred Odhiambo Otieno, George Ochieng’ Gombe, Meshack Odero, and Edder Jalang’o all want the polls put on hold through their lawyer Omondi Omondi.
In the letter, the members’ asked the two Gor chairmen to respond to the issues raised in the letter within seven days and assure them that the elections will not be held.
“We write to demand that you cease and desist from further conduct of fraudulent elections purposely set for August 8. Conduct the affairs of the club within article 81 of the constitution of Kenya 2010,” part of the letter reads.
“We regret that unless we receive such written confirmation and accompanying proposals within the next seven (7) days, we will file a suit to enforce our clients’ rights without further notice and at your risk as to the costs and other consequences,” the letter continued.
Kowero who acknowledged they have received the letter took issue with the demand letter, saying the lawyer is a member, therefore, bringing the conflict of interest and wouldn’t prevent the board from carrying its mandate.
“The lawyer is a Gor Mahia member and that shows the conflict of interest. One of the members was involved in drafting the constitution they are opposing while others just registered the other day to participate in the elections,” Kowero said.
They further claim that some of the rules that were stated by the electoral board were unlawful and intended to bar other candidates from vying from various posts.
Also, the candidature of Rachier and outgoing vice-chairman Francis Wasuna has raise issues who they said the duo have had two terms. The members also claimed the election should have been held in 2019 after the expiry of the term of the former officials instead of this year.