Interim officials for Gor Mahia

By francis marangu
Dec 14, 2016
  • John Ohaga, the Sports Disputes Tribunal chairman will hear the case in January. (Photo by Alex Wafula)

Recently-elected office bearers for Gor Mahia FC will remain as interim officials until a case filed at the Sports Disputes Tribunal is determined.

A section of the club’s registered members have disputed their omission from the voters' register and the case will be heard on January 12, 2017. Elections were held on Sunday with chairman Ambrose Rachier retaining his seat.

Tribunal chairman John Ohaga, vice chairperson Ellyna Shiveka and Njeri Onyango will hear the dispute.

Geoffrey Obura, the counsel representing Gor Mahia appeared to apply delaying tactics after calling on the tribunal to hear the matter in the last week of January. This was opposed by the petitioners’ counsel Arthur Omollo who said it would not be in the interest of any party.

“If we are going to delay this matter to February, it will not be in the best interest of the respondent. They will need to start recruiting new players for the new season which starts in the same month.”

Obura further wanted the club to stick with the elected leaders in compliance with club licensing requirements by CAF. He said failure to meet the deadline that elapses this month would have the club miss out on taking part in continental championships if they qualify.

But, Omollo said the requirements are not new and that the club can submit interim officials to facilitate the process. Both parties consented to having interim officials as the case proceeds.

“The interest of the petitioners is not to stall qualification of the respondent to continental tournaments because they are also members. Their interest is on participation in club elections,” Omollo noted.