Section 40 of the Bill creates the office of the Registrar of Sports Organizations which is to be an office within the public service. The registrar of sports organizations is supposed to be appointed by the public service commission. The registrar of sports organizations has the following roles under the Bill:
• To be in charge of the registrar of sports organizations;
• To be responsible for the licensing and regulation of sports organizations and multi-sports bodies representing sports organizations at national level;
• To be responsible for the matters relating to the licensing of professional sports and professional sports persons; and
• To be responsible for the arbitration of registration disputes between sports organizations.
The registrar’s main role is to keep and maintain a register of registered sports organizations. Section 41 of the Bill provides that a body shall not register as a sports organization unless it is a sports organization registered as:
a. A sports club
b. A county sports association
c. A national sports organization
The registration form at the office of the registrar should have fields such as the name of the sports organization, the category under which it is to be registered, the office-bearers of the applicant, the head office and postal address, sources of funding of the applicant, and national and international affiliation. All national sports organizations are required under the Bill to be open in public in their leadership, activities and membership. This is meant to remedy the issue of club wrangles especially in the community soccer clubs like Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards. As conclusive evidence of authority to operate throughout the country, the Registrar is to issue applicants with a certificate of registration. The registrar also has the power to reject applications in instances where the proposed activities and interests are not in the interest of the nation or where the body has given false information to secure registration.
For existing sports organizations, they are required to apply for registration under the Bill within one year after the Bill is passed into law and the Act commences. Section 44 of the Bill provides that a sports organization which shall not register within the one year specified is going to be deemed as being an unlawful sports organization. The registrar also has power to cancel a certificate of registration if the registration was procured through misrepresentation, if the terms and conditions attached to the certificate have been violated and if the sports organization has breached the provisions of the Bill. The registrar has the power to inspect the books of record and documents of sports organizations and also to carry out audits on the same. After inspection, a report is to be done discussing how the sports organization is running and whether it is keeping up with the provisions of the Bill. This creates a system of checks and balances for effectiveness and efficiency.
In Kenya, the office of the Registrar is marred with corruption, fraud, disorganization and disarray. This is attributed to the numerous cases of abuse of office like instances where certificates of registration are issued to more than two parties or when the certificates are issued to sports organizations that are not qualified as required by the Act.