NOCK Candidates accuse Executive of Interference

Candidates’ vying for posts in the forthcoming National Olympic
Committee of Kenya (NOCK) elections have accused the NOCK executive of
interference.

The candidates led by the Kenya Table Tennis Association (KTTA)
chairman who is eyeing NOCK’s secretary general’s post Andrew Mudibo
accused the executive of usurping the powers of the polls in poll’s
independent electoral body Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD).

“It is sad and unacceptable that the NOCK executive has taken over the
roles of the independent electoral body CMD by delegating and giving
it orders,” they said.

The candidates said there is a conflict of interest as some of the
executive members are interested parties since they are also
participating in the polls as candidates.

“How can a player in a completion assume the roles of a referee in the
same contest? They posed.

Addressing a press conference, the protesting candidates included,
Mudibo, Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) vice chairperson veteran journalist
Elyna Shiveka eyeing treasurer’s post, and Kenya Judo Association
(KJA) President Shadrack Maluki gunning for the vice presidency.

Others were Kenya Sports Shooting and Rifle Federation General
Secretary Mohammed Shoiab going for a committee member position and
Kenya Swimming Transitional Authority Committee (TAC) official
Roselyne Njeri contesting for the Women’s representative seat.

“The IOC letter dated14th September, 2017, is very clear on how
important the independence of the electoral process has to run and
also how any matter that they cannot resolve is to be handled by the
General Assembly,” they said.

They complained of the unilateral and unconstitutional decision made
by the NOCK executive by drawing a list of delegates which does not
have the blessings of the respective federations.

“In the list that NOCK forwarded to federations, they have changed
some names of delegates from the previous one which the CMD had before
the May elections aborted,” they lamented.

They wondered why the NOCK executive has gone ahead to hand pick
federation officials which was preserve of the respective federations
in accordance with NOCK constitution in selecting those to attend the
meeting.

They stated: “Clause 14.6 of the new NOCK Constitution says, it shall
be mandatory in all cases for relevant federation, association or body
referred to Rule 13.1 hereof to declare in writing and inform the
Secretary General of the Committee in advance of the meeting, the
names of two delegates, noting to specify the voting delegate.”

The aspirants claimed executive has gone against a resolution during
their extraordinary meeting held on September 14, where they resolved
that federations having factions or issues in court must have resolved
them before September 29thor otherwise will not be allowed to
participate in the polls

“If this was the case you would not have expected to have seen those
names of officials of the federation’s warring factions on the
delegates list released by NOCK. Why try and force to the members
assembly,” they lamented.

The candidates were flanked by the immediate former NOCK vice chairman
Pius Ochieng’ who is the Kenya Weightlifting Federation (KWF) chief,
Kenya Badminton Federation (KBF) chairman Peter Muchiri , Kenya
Swimming Transitional Authority Committee (TAC) chair Conrad Thorpe
and Kenya Rowing and Canoeing Federation official James Mweu.

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