Warring Athletics factions bury hatchet

By elvince joshua
Oct 02, 2021
  • AK President Isaiah Kiplagat.(Photo:SNA File)

The warring factions within Athletics Kenya,AK have decided to bury the hatchet and will now instead hold a strategic meeting later in the month instead of the initially pursued special forum.

AK vice chairman, Paul Mutwi who has been leading the dissenting affiliates voices against an apparent authoritarian rule by the President Isaiah Kiplagat said on Wednesday that the ‘strong AK’ had agreed to nullify the Special General meeting set for October 10. Top of the agenda for the SGM was to nullify the AK constitution.

“I have been vocal on behalf of the affiliates but that was before this meeting. We have buried our differences and this is now a new AK,” said Mutwi after a lengthy meeting which brought together seven affiliate members.

The closed-door meeting that lasted close to six hours was chaired by Kiplagat settled on a strategic meeting on October 25-26 to chart the way forward for the new season.

Kiplagat also revealed that they resolved to accept proposals from members with issues on sections of constitution which may requires amendments to be submited for approval at next year’s AGM.

“There is no controversy at AK, all the issues have been ironed out and we will continue to serve the federation,” said a shaken Kiplagat.

“AK is an institution that is here to stay. We have worked tirelessly to reach where we are today and Institution are always bigger than individuals who serve them,” added Kiplagat who had earlier tried to keep off a battery of journalists who had camped at the Riadha House.

“There is nothing in that constitution which is not good however we will look at some areas for review incase someone raises concern,” he added. Next Tuesday, October 8th, the members will hold a meeting to draw up a calendar on how to approach the new season.

Those in attendance were Francis Afundi (Wetern), Paul Toitoak (Universities), Joseph Kinywa (Eastern) Paul Mutwi (Southern), John Wachira (R. Valley and Solomon Mutahi (Central Rift.