Photo : Kenya Rugby clubs chairpersons.
Kenya Rugby Clubs Caucus comprising of Kenya Cup and Nationwide clubs have lashed out at the sitting Kenya Rugby Union’s (KRU) board terming it as dysfunctional ahead of the Kenya Rugby Union Annual General Meeting to be held next week on Wednesday at the RFUEA grounds.
Speaking during the 5 candidates’ presentation for the KRU 2016 elections which will be the first agenda during the AGM, Kenya Harlequins chairman Mike Lucas termed the current board as one sleeping on its job. “We are not working against any particular individual but against a dysfunctional board,” said Lucas.
Mike Lucas went ahead and said that “We are not removing one person from the board, we are removing the whole lot.”
Corruption in the Union forced Kenya Rugby main sponsors to pull out of KRU sponsorship claiming that some board members were corrupt and they should step down, clear their names and re-elect new officials if need be. Last year Safaricom, Bamburi cement and Kenya Airways pulled out of sponsoring rugby in Kenya after KRU failed to account for the sponsorship funds among the income and expenditure statements.
Safaricom Limited’s CEO, Bob Collymore at a past press briefing warned that they will not come back to sponsoring rugby until all outstanding issues had been resolved. Bamburi Cement who used to sponsor the biggest Rugby 15’s franchise in East Africa dubbed Bamburi Rugby Super Series (BRSS) have also not returned to sponsorship even after Kenya Airways bounced back to sponsor Kenya sevens.
A total of 26 delegates from 13 Kenya cup clubs will vote alongside at least 21 Nationwide club delegates during the AGM.
THE 5 ASPIRANTS
Thomas Opiyo from Nondescripts - Vice-Chairman
Gangla Oduor from Impala Saracens - Secretary
Joshua Aroni from Mombasa RFC – Treasurer
Ali Jabri from Top Fry Nakuru - Director
John Kilonzo from Masaku RFC - Director