A Nakuru court has issued a warrant of arrest against Gor Mahia Club
Chairman Ambrose Rachier and other top officials after they failed to
appear in court.
Resident Magistrate Wilson Kitur issued the orders after parties
failed to enter appearance in a case they have been sued by Donnies
Hotel in Nakuru over unpaid hotel bills.
According to Kitur the failure by the officials to comply with court
orders or enter appearance in the case amounts to contempt.
“The failure by the club officials to enter appearance and ignore
court orders amounts to contempt, i hereby direct that they be
arrested and availed in court on May 8,” ruled Kitur.
Club’s chairman Rachier, his deputy John Pesa, Secretary General
Ronald Ingala and team manager Jolani Obondo had been sued over
failure to pay hotel arrears in Nakuru totaling up to Sh 500,000 after
the players spent in the hotel in 2015.
The orders follow an application by the hotel’s lawyer Gordon Ogolla,
who accused the officials of contempt urging the court for their
immediate arrest and proseution.
The Hotel based in London estate in Nakuru had moved to court in June
last year after unsuccessful efforts to have the reigning Kenya
premier league champions commit to paying hotel arrears.
“I wish for this court to issue a warrant of arrest against the club’s
official, it amounts to contempt and abuse of the Court’s process,”
The hotel has accused the Club for breach of contract adding that his
clients provided its services at a cost of Sh 524,730 as accommodation
and food for the players.
Gor Mahia had been hosted by the hotel on a night before their
pre-season game with Western Stima in 2015 at the Afraha Stadium.
The orders comes in as Gor Mahia are set to play Supersport United
ahead of the Caf Confederations return leg to be played at Lucas
Moripe Stadium in South Africa.