The Office of the Sports Disputes Tribunal has declared legitimate the elections of the Kenya Rugby Union held on 22 March 2017.
The Tribunal, which hears and give verdicts on appeals against decisions, disciplinary and discrimination made by sports organizations, termed the elections as proper and lawful, further directing the Sports Registrar to register the list of elected officials.
“The Tribunal therefore comes to the conclusion that the elections of the Kenya Rugby Union held on 22nd March 2017 presided over by the representatives of the KNSC were proper and lawful and the Respondent is hereby directed to register the list of elected officials of the Kenya Rugby Union as indicated in the Union’s letter of 23rd March 2017, subject to the requirements set out under Part VI of the Act,” reads part of the ruling made on Monday December 11, 2017.
The tribunal also stated that it will on 31st January 2018 follow up on the matter to see the extent of compliance.
The March elections saw Richard Omwela re-elected as the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) chairman after beating his closest rival Sasha Mutai by two votes in hotly contested elections held at the RUFEA Grounds. Omwela garnered 25 votes against Sasha’s 23, with the other contestan Pape Sembi getting nine votes.
Sylvia Kamau, Ian Mugambi, Ray Olendo and Ezekiel Owuor were elected directors. Kamau made a return as a director with the highest votes of 46 followed by Mugambi, who retained his position with 38 votes.