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Confusion at Cricket Kenya leaves fate of elections uncertain

Barry Silah @obel_barry

The confusion being witnessed at Cricket Kenya (CK) has thrown into doubt the elections planned for Saturday. Cricket Kenya’s last Executive Meeting had passed resolutions that polls be held on March 24 but the board is facing a revolt within its own membership as a big number of delegates and clubs are in total disapproval of the entire process.

Sources reveal that for the elections to hold legitimacy, there has to be major changes within the national body, setting the stage for unending wrangles. The CK board, which was recently rocked by massive resignations, is currently thin and thus unable to ably address concerns as required by the constitution and insiders have suggested that they needed to have given a 21-day notice to all stakeholders of the said elections, something that has not happened.

CK vice-chairman Harpal Singh and CEO Muriithi Githinji are the senior officials expected to give the way forward, the former having taken over on interim basis from Jackie Janmohamed who stepped down from the helm last month. Singh therefore has the difficult task of rallying the troops to play ball.

Part of the convincing job on his hands is to call a meeting of the council to discuss a roadmap for the polls but he has already thrown a spanner in the works by dismissing calls for elections.

He said: “Not many people are on the same page so any alleged elections would be illegal. There is a threshold that is if not met, then the process cannot be recognised.” However, of major concern is the open defiance from some key associate members which has left skeptics questioning the influence of CK as currently constituted. CK critics are already poking holes in the constitution which they claim is outdated hence the need for a review.

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