• KLTA dismiss claims of illegally occupying office

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Jun 14, 2011-

The Kenya Lawn Tennis Association has rubbished allegations made against them by the Kenya Tennis Stakeholders Forum that they have illegally extended their tenure in office terming them as ‘false, malicious and borne out of vested interests’.

Following a meeting held at the National Sports Council on Thursday June 9 the KLTA council agreed that they would hold an all inclusive national elections after receipt of their audited accounts at the end of June, 2011.

“Elections are due to be called at a date to be communicated as soon as we receive the 2010 audited accounts from the association’s auditors. The auditors have indicated that the accounts will be ready latest by end of June,” read the statement from KLTA.

“We are aware that a review of the constitution of the association is necessary in light of changed circumstances and sports administration locally and internationally. This should however be carried out in a constitutional manner and with the involvement of the rightful stakeholders,” argued KLTA Chairman Patrick Gichira.

The Kenya Tennis Stakeholders Forum,KTSF led by Sadili Oval Sport Academy patron, Liz Odera, have also called for  a review of the current Constitution which they insist should be amended before the elections.

In a letter addressed to the Sports Minister Paul Otuoma, KTSF wanted the Government to disband the KLTA council and set up a management committee, which would carry out a constitution review.

“Our attempts to have the KLTA convene an extraordinary general meeting to sort out the constitution have been refused and some of us have been threatened. “read part of the letter sent to the Minister.

The group also accused the Gichira led faction of clinging to power despite their disbandment eight months ago.

“This is the right time for a change in tennis, we want to ensure that the basic fabrics are place before the election,” said Odera.

KLTA on its part are accusing the Odera group of having selfish vested interests in the Association.

 “The strategies the group have adopted are designed to malign the council, paint the association as infective and kill the initiative that have been undertaken in order to promote their own business.”

The government through Assistant Commissioner for sports, Jackson Indakwa said they hope the Association can hold its elections next month.

Both groups separately met with Sports ministry officials last week to deliberate on the issue.    



Elvince Joshua

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