Gor Mahia’s long serving chairman Ambrose Rachier has said that he plans to leave the club at the end of the year. The 69-year-old lawyer said he will not be seeking re-election in the club’s next elections and will not back anyone for the top job.
But before he leaves, Rachier has said he will organise for a proper ceremony to appreciate the players and technical bench, separate from last Saturday’s lackluster trophy handover which he says was hurriedly organised.
“This will be the last time I am appreciating the team as chairman so the executive committee will meet later this week and set up a suitable date when we shall have a small but befitting celebratory function to appreciate our players, the technical bench and other stakeholders,” Rachier said.
While Gor Mahia will now also commence plans to give their chairman a farewell party, rival club AFC Leopards is planning for general elections where Chairman Dan Mule will be defending his seat. Ingwe’s election IS slated for June 23 but pre-election politics might force the election date to be moved further.
Aspirants for various seats including Maurice Amahwa, Dan Shikanda, Boniface Ambani, Vincent Shimoli and Nelson Amendi claim Mule is planning to hold elections without amending the club’s constitution in order to rig himself back into office.
It’s feared that the stalemate might end up in court thus plunging the under-performing club into a fresh spell of wrangles that would undermine our preparations for the 2019-2020 season. The aspirants claim Mule wants purporting to take the club to an election without an operational constitution.
Led by Richard Ekhalie, a former CEO and a contender for the chairmanship seat, the aspirants’ group is accusing the outgoing National Executive Committee (NEC) of letting this go on under their watch. They also pointed out the issue of amendments made on the by laws in 2017, that, apart from going against provisions of the Sports Act and Kenyan constitution of disfranchisement, did not spell out a clear transition clause to operationalize them.
This will see the NEC choose the members they want to vie and lock out members who could knock Mule out of the chairmanship seat.
The difference between Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards is seen by how these clubs are run even before the players grace the field for a Mashemeji derby. While Ingwe’s management are focusing on supremacy battles and on who will replace Mule or if he will be replaced, Gor Mahia are planning to give Rachier a proper farewell.
Rachier has himself chosen not to be included in club’s politics about who will be his successor. His decision has been informed by the incessant calls by the club’s raucous supporters demanding that he gives up the club leadership for someone younger.