Three New Directors Elected in KRU AGM

By eric odanga
Mar 28, 2013
  • Godwin Karunga(Left) is one of the three Directors elected into the KRU board. Mwangi Muthee was re-elected unopposed.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Paula Lanco becomes the first woman to be elected as a Kenya Rugby Union director following an annual general meeting held on Wednesday at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa ground.

In the past, women have been co-opted as directors. Lanco got 33 votes ahead of Gorwin Karuga, a top referee who had 31.

Former Ulinzi player Kadieda Ogutu got 26 votes. The three are the new KRU directors replacing Terry Adembesa and Myke Rabar who opted not to contest their directorship posts.

Paul Nyamodi, one of the outgoing directors got two votes while Benjamin Ayimba, a former national seven-a-side rugby coach had seven votes. Mwangi Muthee was re-elected unopposed as the KRU chairman.

In his acceptance speech, Muthee praised the orderly manner in which the exercise was conducted, saying, " I thank the fraternity for conducting themselves in an orderly manner. I further thank them for creating history by electing the first woman to serve on the KRU Board."

Muthee added: "I thank all the candidates who contested various positions.They all have a passion for rugby and still have a role to play in serving the game. I want to see unity within the rugby circles. We are one family. Rugby is viewed as a model sport in Kenya, we are envied by others.We therefore must lead by example as we are custodians of the game and we all have a role to play in ensuring rugby remains being a model for others."

He added that national team performances reflect those of the KRU, saying, " We are as good as the performance of our national teams. Their performances reflect ours."

Jerome Paarwater to take over 15s

One of Muthee’s main goals for the next two years is to see the national 15-a-side team qualify for the 2015 rugby world cup. He confirmed that the union will soon officially unveil South African Jerome Paarwater as the head coach of the team taking over from Michael “Tank” Otieno in line with achieving the goal.

He is expected to come with his assistant but the union will also identify a line of local coaches who will work with him.

 

“We are very serious about going to the world cup and this will be a great step to that. Jerome has been with us for some time thus he has a good understanding of the team and local game.”

 

“Tank” assumes his role as the rugby services manager at the union and Muthee sought to clear any misconceptions that he has been ousted from the team’s management.

 

“Nobody has been sacked but we are enhancing the team’s management. Otieno holds an influential position at the union and this gives him a wide scope in developing the team.”

 

Owing to his new role, otieno will be directly involved in the development of training programs for the team.

KRU Election Results Chairman: Mwangi Muthee (Unopposed) Directors: Paula Lanco 33 votes, Godwin Karuga 31 votes, Kadieda Ogutu 26 votes, Eddie Omondi 15 votes, Rajinder Sembi 10, Benjamin Ayimba 7, Paul Nyamodi 2.

 

Additional reporting by Francis Marangu