Former Gor Mahia organizing secretary Judith Nyangi says that Deputy President Ruto offered to finance the club’s trip to Rwanda but officials turned him down
Additional reporting from the Nation
Former Gor Mahia Organising Secretary Judith ‘Nyangi’ Anyango has spilled the beans on why the cash-strapped club failed to travel to Kigali on Wednesday for a preliminary Caf Champions League match against APR.
While the club blamed the delayed departure on lack of funds to purchase air tickets, Nyangi has however claimed that club officials turned down financial
“I had secured an appointment and we were to go to the Deputy President to be assisted but Gor management kept telling me they were consulting. Is there any harm in getting assistance from the Deputy President? Even Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has assisted us before despite his political affiliation. Wacha sasa wapambane na hali yao,” Nyangi told Nairobi News.
Coincidentally, Nyangi, who didn’t contest in the club elections in August after she failed to meet qualifications, is Football Kenya Federation’s head of delegation to Rwanda for the match.
DP Ruto and Gor Mahia patron Raila Odinga are currently locked in a political battle over the Building Bridges Initiative report.
Gor Mahia, whose match against APR is slated for Saturday, had initially planned to leave the country on Wednesday but the team is yet to raise the Sh4 million they need to make the trip.
PLAYERS ON GO SLOW
The Rwandan government has also put strict measures to curb the spread of the deadly virus by putting foreign citizens under a mandatory 24 hour quarantine.
It remains to be seen if Gor Mahia will be allowed into the country past the 24 hour requirement if they fail to travel by Thursday evening.
The air tickets issue aside, the players have also been on a go slow demanding October pay.
On Wednesday, the team refused to turn up for the coronavirus test which is mandatory for anyone leaving the country.
Nairobi News’ effort to reach Chairman Ambrose Rachier proved futile with all our calls going unanswered.
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.
Judith Nyangi, who had been eliminated from running in Gor Mahia’s August 8 elections, seems to have received a reprieve from the Sports Registrar. She will likely contest for the Treasurer seat against Dolfina Odhiambo.
Additional reporting from the Nation
Sports Registrar Rose Wasike appears to have provisionally cleared Gor Mahia’s outgoing organising secretary Judith ‘Nyangi’ Anyango to contest the treasurer’s post in the club’s forthcoming polls.
The Kenyan Premier League giants are in line to elect new officials on August 8, and club chairman Ambrose Rachier recently told Nairobi News the club’s new constitution prohibits any person without a university degree from contesting for any management position.
This rule automatically locks out Nyangi who has a diploma from vying, but then, the Registrar has, in a terse letter addressed to the club secretary, now emphasized that no one should be ‘unfairly blocked’ from contesting.
“This is to request you to submit documents relating to the appointed Independent Panel that will ensure holding of fair and transparent elections (which include) nomination of candidates without unfairly blocking any candidate from vying, adherence to the 2/3 gender rule, and non-discrimination,” Wasike said.
“The (election) exercise should not violate the Kenya Constitution 2010, the Sports Act, and the Sports Registrar regulations,” she added.
The Registrar has also recommended the Institution of Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) to oversee the club’s virtual election even as she outlined the requirements for all contestants.
“Currently, the online voting system is only available for ICPAK which has been doing online elections. All vying candidates must get clearance from Government Intergirty clearance offices i.e the Credit Reference Bureau, Higher Educations Loans Board, Kenya Revenue Authority, Ethics Anti-Corruption Commission, Directorate of Criminal Investigations, National Social Security Fund and National Hospital Insurance Fund, among others.
Rachier is so far unopposed for the chairmanship position, while Sally Bolo will tussle with Francis Wasuna for the vice-chairmanship.
Sam Ochola, who is eyeing the Secretary General position, is also unopposed, while Dolfina Onduto, Chrispine Okoth, and probably Nyangi will contest the treasurer’s position.
Judith Nyangi, who was recently locked out of the forthcoming elections by a new procedure , has accused chairman Rachier of using negative tactics to dissuade opponents from running for the Chairmanship
Additional reporting from goal.com
Gor Mahia organising secretary Judith Nyangi has claimed Ambrose Rachier threatens candidates interested in challenging him for the chairmanship post.
Nyangi and Rachier have been at loggerheads recently following the requirements of the election that every candidate running for any post in the August 8 vote must possess a degree.
The organising secretary claimed those requirements are meant to lock her out of the race for the honorary treasurer’s post.
Nyangi, in an interview with Radio Jambo, alleged Rachier, who did not attract an opponent before the nomination process closed, is always issuing threats.
“Rachier is a man of threats,” Nyangi said.
“He has been clear to me over a number of occasions that Gor Mahia is his. The Sports Act is clear that no one should serve more than two terms and if anyone dares stand against Rachier, he will be threatened by him.
“Rachier has been saying that anything he has built he cannot allow anyone to take it away from him. He has been there since 2008 does it mean he is a Gor Mahia’s life chairman?
“I have been wondering whether Gor Mahia are a community club or a private club.”
Nyangi further claimed Rachier’s dictatorial tendencies have denied Gor Mahia proper growth compared to other regional clubs.
“He should vacate office for other people now. Yes, Gor Mahia have been winning cups but what I know is that Gor Mahia are more than winning cups,” she added.
“At this time, we should be at the same level as Yanga SC and Simba SC, teams that have been robbing players from us. They are capable of taking our players because Gor Mahia are being run like a kiosk.
“The politics now at Gor Mahia is that everyone must support the ‘deep state’ and if you do not support the ‘deep state’ that is Rachier you should not be in the office in the first place.
“There is only one man that I will never oppose and that is Raila Amollo Odinga [the former Prime Minister].”
The deep state, mostly used in the political arena, is a body of people, typically influential members of government agencies or the military, believed to be involved in the secret manipulation or control of policies.
But Rachier, in a separate interview, explained why members might have opted not to challenge him.
“That depends on an individual’s interpretation [whether he has done a good job at Gor Mahia or not],” Rachier said.
“I have on many occasions welcomed people interested to stand against me to come forward and that was before our nomination process was closed.
“When the nomination process ended, it emerged that I did not have an opponent. It may be because I have done a good job or otherwise.
“I am thankful to the members who have shown confidence in me. Members should come out and elect officials to the positions that are still vacant when the time arrives.”
Dissatisfied K’Ogalo members have already threatened to take matters to the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) and stop the elections.
Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier is adamant that a degree from a University is a minimum requirement to vie for an elected position at Gor Mahia. And he is adamant that the club will not turn back on the position despite protestations from Judith Nyangi who is interested in vying for the position of treasurer.
Additional reporting from the Nation
Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier maintains the club will hold its forthcoming elections under a new constitution that dictates all elected officials must, among other qualifications, possess a university degree.
This requirement has, however, been opposed in some quarters.
Outgoing organising secretary Judith “Nyangi” Anyango, who is eyeing the treasurer’s seat, vowed to challenge the new document at the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT).
The Kenyan Premier League champions will head to the polls on August 8, and Rachier, who is gunning for a fourth term in office asserted that the new constitution had already been deposited at the Sports Registrar’s office.
The senior city lawyer, who has been at the helm of Gor for the past decade, also fell short of confirming whether or not he will serve for a final if re-elected.
“There is no turning back,” said Rachier.
“This club is no longer governed under the Societies Act and the Sports Act 2013 demands we register as a sports organisation. We have to align our constitution with the (Sports) Act, which we did last year when members met at Jukwaa Lounge and adopted what is now commonly known as the ‘Jukwaa Constitution’.”
As opposed to the previous constitution which had 11 elective positions in the club’s National Executive Committee (NEC), the new document provides from five elected positions namely chairman, vice-chairman, secretary-general, treasurer, and organising secretary.
An elected official will serve for four years, and not three as is currently the case.
“Someone is trying to lock us out (of office) and he is using this degree thing,” said Anyango, a diploma holder.
“But we will not allow that. Most members of parliament and County Assembly do not have degrees and yet they handle more sensitive and taxing roles. I will petition the Registrar and move to the SDT,” said Anyango
Rachier also said the club members will for the first time virtually elect the new officials via mobile phones, owing to a government ban on public gathering to tame the spread of Covid-19.
“Technology is key in today’s world. I’m virtually studying my Master’s degree at Trinity University in the USA. I am in my third year and yet have never set foot at the institution in Illinois,” said Rachier.
“It will be a cheaper and transparent exercise. We do not need the police as there will be no unruly people.”K’Ogalo is one of the most popular and successful football club in East Africa.
Both Dolfina and Nyangi posted their qualifications online
Gor Mahia secretary general Ben Omondi confirmed on his social media pages that all salaries for the month of August have been settled. Omondi thanked Sportpesa for coming to the club’s aid. According to Omondi, Sportpesa has already paid the club all the money due in 2018. Which would leave fans wondering where money for September salary will come from.
Omondi also said that claims that the club had received the Walusimbi transfer fee and that it had gone into a fake account were not true. The allegation had been made by Judith Nyangi. According to Omondi
Rachier to address media
Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier to address the media
The chairman will today Monday 24, September 2018 have a session with the media to address all the issues that have been happening at Gor Mahia in the last few weeks at 680 Hotel, Nairobi from 11:00 am.
WHAT: Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier to address the media
Earlier on Sunday, Gor Mahia organizing secretary Judith Nyangi took to suggest that there were other people who were colluding to defraud the club of Ksh 10,000 via sale of fake tickets. “Nimeshika Mwizi” said Judith Nyangi on social media. Fans concluded that Sally Bolo was the culprit.
On Monday, Sally Bolo posted a response of her own:
Good morning Fans,
I would like to take this opportunity to let fans and stakeholders know what exactly transpired on Saturday during our match against Vihiga United FC.
I took the match tickets to Kisumu and handed them over to our agents (Timam) for verification and recording purposes together with the Kisumu County representatives. Both Timam and county reps stamped the tickets. Actually county had sent two boys to stamp on their behalf and after they were done, they came and requested me to give them two complimentary tickets since they were going to eat out side the stadium and getting back would be difficult. I gladly gave two of them one ticket each with my signature. Complimentary tickets are a requirement in footballing world (its a rule)
At about 2 pm, Judith Nyangi, club’s OS came where I was and said she caught someone selling the “fake” ticket and I asked her to check if he had a VIP ticket signed at the back. This was confirmed and I admitted giving him one ticket to regain entry into the stadium because he worked for us in the morning. I later asked OS to ask the boy where he found the terraces ticket from and the boy admitted in our presence that he got tempted and stole the tickets when they were stamping the tickets.
As we continued to interrogate the boy, some men came and asked us (OS and I) to take things slow since the boy is manager’s son. Where I come from, once you have been told “ma en wuod ng’ane ka ng’ane” then you take things easy and solve amicably. I told OS to give us the tickets numbers so we could use them during the reconciliation to determine what booklet was stolen and the County to bear the cost since they were the ones who brought the two boys but instead, she walked away and started saying that she found jakuo. As usual I walked away because I couldn’t stand how she reacted.
During the reconciliation time, we checked on the wall where she posted the tickets to enable us identify the stolen booklet, this was also verified. After investigating with both Timam, county reps and I, it was found that county was liable since the boys worked on their behalf and we deducted Kshs. 10,000/- from their percentage. This matter was therefore resolved amicably and the club was able to recover the money.
In conclusion, I want you guys to think outside the box and note as follows; 1. If am the one who brought the tickets to Kisumu, why would I take them for recording then steal it? If I was a thief as it has been brought to your attention, I would have hidden some booklets and sell without declaring it to all parties concerned. 2. I signed those VIP complementary tickets for security purposes and all parties involved knew about my signature. Why would I give out a document signed by myself to someone to sell knowing that s/he might be caught? Which thief would do that? 3. I met these boys for the first time. How desperate would I be kupiga deal people I hardly knew?
Finally, guys let’s be real and analyse situation before we start calling people’s names? Defamation is a crime. Time will tell and for those who know me well will tell you that being strict in the line of my duty is the course of all these untrue stories.
Anyway, I will not be shaken and as I’ve always said, whoever has the evidence that I stole should come with facts and evidence to prove otherwise. Thank you! Sally Bolo Treasurer, Gor Mahia FC
In a lengthy post in her social media, Gor Mahia’s organizing secretary Judith Nyangi has accused treasurer Sally Bolo of missapropriating and misusing funds.
Below is her message:
Dear Kogalo diehards,when you elected me you trusted and believed in me and that’s why I got the most votes.As the Ogoi matron I used to put things on the table and would at times tell the chairman point blank when there was a problem. You elected me to streamline and expose any rot .The treasurer had been misusing club money the way she wants.In our last EC meeting we resolved that after our home match no payments will be made at the stadium until after the cash is banked and payments approved by EC but as you can see the same trend was repeated.You saw in form 34A the same abnormalities.
Secondly she has been colluding with this other cartel called Aduda to deduct player’s cash without the knowledge of the EC.Mike Simiyu was paid 15k less last month and repeatedly this month. The chairman ordered the treasurer to immediately pay the boy his full arrears which up to now nothing has been done. As the organising secretary ,my work on the match day is to attend prematch and organise everything from police,stewards public address ambulance ballboys etc.This doesn’t happen am always told by Sally eti Aduda has done.
On our last match,I was to be in kisumu by Friday to hype the match thru roadshow and radio stations passed by EC.On that Friday is when i received 10k from Sally. I arrived in kisumu Friday 9pm.While in kisumu everything had been arranged by the above cartels,mine was to enter the stadia Russia area and enjoy my boys play. When I asked for money for roadshow sally told me that the money is normally sent to Harvey Mangla is this true and when did you take my position?
Money is being misused left right and center until now players have not been paid several training allowances plus winning bonuses and as a result yesterday there was no training.
As you can remember during our sofapaka match in meru.It was passed by the EC that I travel a day before and do hotel arrangements for the team.While I was there,Sally insisted that there was a hotel she had settled on.Kumbe this other big cartel Moses Libamba was in the deal. The hotel was exactly like Sabina joy with a bar down and rooms upstairs and plenty of malightskin.I disqualified the hotel and settled on another one.When the players arrived in Meru the driver was directed to take the players to the Sabina joy.The players refused to sleep there and were transferred to the hotel I chose at 10pm.Somebody can do anything at the expense of players to make money. What followed? Tulinyeshewa mabao kwelikweli!
The above are just a few examples. On the issue of form 34A and Bonface Osano brought forward alikubali and the club will pay Kariobangi sharks 59k. Am ready for impeachment!
When contacted Sally Bolo declined to comment
She has been colluding with the other cartel (sic) to deduct the player’s cash (salaries) without the knowledge of the Executive Committee. Mike Simiyu was paid Sh15,000 less last month and repeatedly this month. The chairman ordered the treasurer to immediately pay the boy’s full arrears which up to know hasn’t been done.
Gor Mahia players stage go-slow
Meanwhile reports from Gor Mahia camp suggest that the players are on a go slow due to unpaid training allowances. Many players did not show up for training this week.
Aside from that, the club has yet to settle the arrears owed to Camp Toyoyo. And a few weeks back, Kariobangi Sharks accused Gor Mahia of under-stating the gate collection figures.
Additional reporting from the Nation
Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr has pleaded with the club’s management “to respect the players” ahead of Thursday afternoon’s SportPesa Premier League match against Chemelil Sugar in Kisumu.
The Englishman spoke on Wednesday moments after his players refused to train in protest over delayed payment of match winning bonuses and training allowances going back five matches.
The stand-off between players and the club’s management comes just a week after the team was locked out of their Camp Toyoyo training base in Nairobi for failing to pay for using the facility.
“These off-the-pitch issues have nothing to do with me. All I can do is urge the players to respect the club and the club to do likewise,” Kerr said.
Club chairman Ambrose Rachier said Gor is facing financial challenges occasioned by unavailability of stadiums in Nairobi, and the abrupt withdrawal of Castle Lager and SuperSport as the club’s sponsors and league’s broadcast sponsor earlier this year.
He denied reports of go-slow at the team camp.
“Our grants from KPL have reduced by half after SportPesa pulled out, and gate collection has reduced by upto 80 per cent as we play all our matches outside Nairobi,” he said.
“And to add to that, our monthly grants from the Kenyan Premier League have reduced by half after SuperSport pulled out. We are really struggling.”
The Nyayo and Kasarani stadiums in the capital have been shut down for government commissioned renovations in readiness for next year’s Africa Nations Championship football tournament.
So is the City stadium, which was banned by football authorities from hosting league assignments owing to its dilapidated state.
Gor Mahia treasurer Sally Bolo has released the gate collection numbers via her social media pages:
1. Number of tickets printed:
(a) Main Stand 2,500
(b) Terraces 7,500
2. The number of tickets returned
(c) Main stand 2,200
(d) Terraces 5,380
3. Tickets sold
(e) Main Stand 300 x 600 = 180,000.00
(f) Terraces 2,120 x 200 = 424,000.00
Total revenue collected = 604,000.00
Judith Nyangi disputes those figures
Immediately after the figures were announced, organizing secretary Judith Nyangi disputed the figures, stating that the number was too low.
“I was expecting a considerable amount. However, to my shock a figure of 600,000 was announced. What happened in Kisumu was not right. The club should not collect that kind of money in Kisumu considering the attendance that was witnessed in that match. Kisumu was full. The Club should collect a minimum of two million shillings in Kisumu.” she said to Kenyanstar.
Nyangi further went on to fault the manner in which tickets are printed and also revisited the issue of stewards.
“If you are a treasurer, then you want to print your own tickets, bring your own ticketing firm and select your own stewards, then how transparent can the process be? That is unacceptable. We gave them space to handle the tickets, and hoped that they would deliver. That did not happen.”
Earlier this year, Nyangi had fired all the existing stewards while claiming that hiring of stewards was in her docket as Organizing secretary. This resulted in a fracas at the club’s office when the fired stewards stormed the office raining blows on certain officials.
She further explained the issue in a post on her social media pages.
My fellow fans when I was elected I disbanded stewards but somebody reinstated them
The firm that used to do ticketing was sent away
Which firm did ticketing and who is the owner
Who was in charge of appointing security
Who appointed stewards…
I travelled with the team and came back with the team to and fro
Siasa ziliisha wacheni mambo ya camps
Hii Gor Mahia ndio yetu
Sitasimama maovu yakitazama #WanGorEmawahero
Nyangi, then laid blame on a section of the club’s management saying that the match logistics in Kisumu were a ‘one-man show’.
“The office of the treasurer cannot handle everything. I was surprised when I was told to keep off all matters that pertained logistics ahead of the match. I wished to travel early but I was not facilitated. I only traveled with the team, was part of the pre-match briefing and returned with them. Everything else that happened, went on behind my back. We gave them space to handle and wished them well, but what happened was a disappointment” Nyangi continued to Kenyanstar.
Nyangi then challenged the club Chairman Ambrose Rachier to call a meeting in order to resolve these urgent issues.
“If we had worked together, these loopholes that are being referred to would have been sealed early meeting. I am not trying to shift blame, but this is probably a pointer that the chairman should summon the entire committee, bring us together and have each team member assigned very clear roles,” she added.
Musa Praises coach
Gor Mahia skipper Musa Mohamed has credited coach Ze Maria for the success the team has achieved thus far.
“There is more team work than was witnessed during the previous season and it’s all because that’s what the Coach is instilling in us. In the first place it was not easy” he said to Citizen Sports
He also noted that having a full pre-season with the coach has enabled the team to adapt better to the coach’s tactics.
“He came mid-season so readjusting was another challenge but starting with him feels a whole lot easier,” Musa told Citizen Digital