Omwela Retains KRU Chairmanship

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KRU Chairman Richard Omwela.photo/courtesy

Richard Omwela has retained his seat  as the Kenya Rugby Union chairman  following the his re-election beating former deputy chair Sasha Mutai in the election conducted on Wednesday during the KRU Annual general Meeting.

He however  revealed that this will be his final term in office of the Union.Omwela managed to scoop  25 votes slightly beating Mutai who managed 23 as Western Bulls chairman Rajinder Sembi became third after managing a total of nine votes.

“I am pleased to have been re-elected and I want to thank the affiliates for voting me in. It hasn’t been an easy process but we are happy we could see the end of it,” Omwela said.

The chairman pointed out that he deserved another term following the success in the Union since he assumed office.

He  singled out out the improvement of the national 15s team from 28th to a high of 23rd globally as one of the successes seen under his leadership. He has revealed his main target is making sure Kenya qualifies for Rugby World Cup in 2019

“My focus will be to qualify for the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and every effort must be done towards that because Kenya has never played in the World Cup before. If I achieve that before I leave then I will say goodbye with a smile. That is my priority,” noted the chairman.

He also listed the acquisition of a headline sponsor by the Union as one of his major milestones as well as streamlining the leadership to ensure there’s a clear separation of roles between the directors and the secretariat among other milestones he initiated.

The chairman added that he will be looking to bring more sponsors into the Union as he seeks to make it more financial stable to ensure better remuneration for the players as well as the development of the game in the grassroots.

On the other hand, Mutai  accepted the defeat but added he will continue championing for change at the Union in order to ensure the game grows.

“I might have lost but if you look at the votes, it tells you there was a huge cry for change because almost half of the delegates voted against the current leadership. For me I am still in Rugby and I will continue giving my support when needed,” Mutai stated.

He has however cried foul the existence of ‘cartels’ within the Union adding KRU is not a political movement and such should not exist. Among the things he says he will be championing for include the recognition of more affiliates to the Union as well as review of the constitution.

During the AGM, the affiliates passed a motion to review and revise some sections of the KRU constitution as well as putting a minimum requirement for anyone vying for a position at the Union as the Sports Act requires.

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