By Fred Maingi
The National Committee of Kenya (NOCK) has convened an Extraordinary
General Assembly on September 5th, 2017 to plan for the impending
forthcoming elections of the sports umbrella body.
The NOCK National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting chaired by the
legendary Hezekiah Kipchoge Keino met recently to chart for the way
forward for the much anticipated long overdue elections.
The Extraordinary meeting to be attended by all the NOCK affiliated
federations will set the dates for the elections and as well come up
with procedures and modalities of the polls.
The NOCK executive committee was convened to prepare for the polls
after the Kenya Taekwondo Federation (KTF) stopped the polls scheduled
for May 5th, through a court injunction withdrew the case from the
High Court to pave way for the elections.
Briefing the press after the Nec meeting, NOCK General Secretary
Francis Kinyili Paul said election procedures and dates will be passed
to the Centre for MultiParty Democracy (CMD) the electoral body tasked
with overseeing NOCK’s polls for implementation.
Paul said they asked the Sports Tribunal to speed up the cases
involving some NOCK affiliated federations before the polls so that
they can be allowed to exercise their democratic rights.
“The issue of the six federations which have been locked out from the
polls will also be discussed during the meeting for respite,” he said.
The affected federations are the Kenya Swimming Federation (KSF),
Kenya Amateur Cycling Association (KACA), Kenya Badminton Federation
(KBF), Kenya Weightlifting Federation (KWF), Kenya Rowing and Canoeing
Association (KRACA) and Kenya Taekwondo Federation (KTF)..
Kenya Rowing and Canoe Association secretary General James Mweu has
already threatened ,his body will proceed to the court and stop the
forthcoming Nock elections .They have protested in the manner Nock and
the Sports Registerar(Rose Wasike) have continued to sideline the
Association by failing to register and recognize the office bearers
led by Chairman Mohammed Bashora.The team produced documents to
prove they conducted elections that were supervised by the Kenya
National Sports Council(KNSC) to support their evidence.
However,Nock Secretary General Francis Paul insisted they recognize
the rowing officials led by Chairman Richard Olaki but not Bashora .
The elections were suspended on the morning of May 5th, when they were
supposed to take place after the taekwondo federation, whose officials
were prevented from standing as candidates or voting, obtained a court
Five times World Cross Country champion, Paul Tergat was set to be
elected unopposed as the new head of the troubled National Olympic
Committee of Kenya (NOCK) after incumbent Kip Keino, who has been in
charge for nearly 20 years, failed to secure a nomination.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has issued NOCK with an
ultimatum of holding the elections by the end of September or risk