kenya Government orders for election in the troubled Cricket Association
THE Kenya government will set up a consultative board that will help oversee
a smooth transition at the troubled Cricket Kenya (CK).
Sports commissioner Gordon Oluoch said the board will comprise of
officials drawn from the
Department of Sports and Kenya National Sports Council (KNSC) who will
ensure Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) a peaceful and
all-inclusive national election to end the feud.
“We are calling for an end to the current state of affairs,” said
Oluoch. We want the NPCA to hold their elections first before the
national elections are held.”
Speaking during a meeting called by the Nairobi Province Cricket
Association (NPCA) over the weekend, Oluoch called on those who have
filed cases in court over the cricket elections to withdraw them
forthwith as the matter is now being handled by the government.
CK were set to hold their elections last month but the process was
blocked by NPCA through a court order sought by former CK Chief
executive officer Tom Tikolo restraining their (NPCA) eight delegates
from taking part in the elections.
Oluoch said it was even sad that CK had joined a list of other sports
association who had resulted to going to court in trying to solve
The commissioner said there are enough arbitration avenues at KNSC and
NOCK that sports association should exploit instead of going to court.
“The problems we are having is because they (associations) do not want
to adhere to their constitutions, some of which are outdated,” said
Oluoch. “We need selfless leaders in sports.”
KNSC treasurer and arbitration committee chairman Charles Nyaberi
called for transparency at all levels of CK starting with the
branches. He however bemoaned the current concentration of cricket,
where is mainly played in Nairobi, Mombasa and Nakuru.