Rachier: Unschooled people not welcome at Gor Mahia

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has taken a swipe at Judith Nyangi. This comes after Judith Nyangi declared her determination to run for the position of treasurer against the wishes of Rachier.

Additional reporting from goal.com

The K’Ogalo chairman and some club officials have been at loggerheads regarding how the August polls should be conducted

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has hit out at club members who are opposed to eligibility requirements set out by the electoral board.

The need for any candidate to possess a degree has generated tangible opposition, as some members have threatened to file a case at the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) and stop the elections.

Gor Mahia’s organising secretary Judith Nyangi has been categorical that such requirements are meant to lock her out from vying for the honorary treasurer post.

“There have been jokes before where people from nowhere just appeared and vied for important posts in the club,” Rachier told Ebru TV. “If one is running for the treasurer’s post it is common knowledge that he or she must be competent in matters money and accounts.

“There is no need for picking one who cannot even write down their names,” he added. “I can never tolerate people who have not gone to school.

“Election requirements apply to various posts even for the president of Kenya, senators, members of parliament and even governors. One cannot claim he has to vie for any post just because he is a Kenyan.

“That is not how things are done.

“This process [of seeking public views] was not conducted in a short period but it took more than nine months because we wanted a document that was not only in line with the Sports Act but also one that carries the views and vision of our fans.”

Rachier, first elected into office in 2008, also clarified their intention to conduct the polls under the new constitution which has equally attracted opposition.

“We are going to conduct the polls according to our new constitution that is in line with the Sports Act and Article 81 of the constitution of the Republic,” explained Rachier. “The elections codes of conduct were discussed and approved last year, and why did the dissatisfied members raise issues then in May 2019 and waited until now?

“The elections’ code of conduct that laid down eligibility requirements for every candidate was ratified after our committee of experts and fans from Korogocho, Kibera, Kwa Sabuni, and Mathare Valley took part in the process

“So far, I stand re-elected because no one declared interest to vie for my position and Samuel Ochola has also been elected as the Secretary of the club as he had no one to challenge him.”

He also explained why they picked August as the preferred month for the exercise.

“We have always preferred to conduct our elections when there are no football actions because politics will always pollute the environment when done during the season.

“That is the reason we picked August as the month to carry out the elections.”

Rachier also declared readiness to respect any court order that could be issued concerning the mandatory intermittent elections.

“Every Kenyan has a right to raise objections on a matter they do not agree entirely with,” he concluded. “For that reason, members can petition the court and if the elections are going to be stopped I am going to respect the order from any tribunal.”

Sports Registrar Rose Wasike recently laid her own demands that the Gor Mahia elections must adhere to if they are to be approved.

6 thoughts on “Rachier: Unschooled people not welcome at Gor Mahia

  • August 2, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    Re: Treasurer’s Post. Forget inconsequential Nyangi outbursts but this is a loaded / deeper statement. One should be intelligent enough, with or without a degree, to vie for a position that you have the relevant qualifications & experience.

    “There have been jokes before where people from nowhere just appeared and vied for important posts in the club,” Rachier told Ebru TV. “If one is running for the treasurer’s post it is common knowledge that he or she must be competent in matters money and accounts.

    1) Chrispine Okoth holds Masters degree with Specialization in Finance, Strategic management and Entrepreneurship. He is also a Certified Public Accountant, Bachelor of Commerce holder and Diploma in Information Technology.

    2) Dolfina Onduto. She holds a Masters degree in Human Resource from Open University of Tanzania – Ruvuma Regional Center and Bachelor of Arts at Punjab University in India.

    And the lady claims to have been instrumental in the introduction of the degree requirement.

  • August 2, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    I thought even a mere certificate leave alone a masters in human resources should have entrenched in one the principles of matching qualifications and experience to the position sort or being applied for especially when it’s a public office and not a family enterprise.
    It is a routine task left to HR clerks, separating the wheat from the chaff, sorting qualified from unqualified applications.
    It’s therefore baffling how a holder of “a masters degree” in human resource can apply / seek a position for which one does not have the relevant qualifications or experience.

    As for Sally Bolo, AR has just blamed her for her inability, as treasurer, to present the club accounts at the last AGM yet she has the audacity to seek “promotion” to the position of Vice Chairperson.


    • August 4, 2020 at 9:53 am

      Kindly Nyangi have at least CPAII, is when i personally can consider for the post, no less than that. You are comfortable where you are, stay there, study and wait for next elections not this one. I’m a potential voter on that day.

  • August 4, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Merely having a degree is not sufficient. Kogalo needs competent, qualified professionals to run the team. Why the heck does this club need an “honorary” treasurer? To do what? You need a qualified accountant. A qualified marketing person to promote the club and enhance ticket sales. etc. Stop running this team as if it is Jericho All Stars

  • August 4, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    I desire that the next office can find away of taking our club to the next level not just winning KPL , no we want to see our club excelling in the CAF champions league, then the new office should find away of putting income generating projects to support players and the club in time of crisis like this .
    The office should also proffesionalise the club more and more.
    My advice to the aspirants is to read the club’s constitution so that if at all something from the constitution blocks you from vieying then you don’t creat unnecessary antagonism .
    I just don’t understand why there are no competitors for the chair’s post and the secretary’s position.

  • August 5, 2020 at 4:36 am

    Nyangi with the likes of Ingwe supporters such as Gilbert Wandera should give us peace. We need fit and proper officials but not half-baked brains or semi illiterate officials.

    Gor Mahia is a big enterprise that require great and qualified minds to articulate the club’s big and noble objectives of winning accolades, as well as doing big time business of selling branded club merchandise.


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