Gor branches to hold demon­stra­tion to­day over club elec­tions

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives drawn from over 60 Gor Mahia branches will to­day hold a demon­stra­tion in the Nairobi Cen­tral Busi­ness District to press the club of­fi­cials to heed to their de­mands for in­volve­ment in the elec­tion process that be­gins with reg­is­tra­tion of vot­ers.

Led by the chair­man of the Coun­cil of Branch chair­men Caro­lus Onyango, the fans’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives, said they had on sev­eral oc­ca­sions sought au­di­ence with the in­cum­bent of­fice but their griev­ances have gone un­heard.

“We have ex­hausted the av­enues for di­a­logue and so to­day we will be hold­ing a peace­ful demon­stra­tion from the Tom Mboya statue and we will head to pe­ti­tion the Gor chair­man (Am­brose Rachier) and our club pa­tron (for­mer premier Raila Odinga) to tell us the way for­ward in re­gard to the in­volve­ment of our branches in or­gan­is­ing the up­com­ing elec­tion,” said Onyango.

The branches, just like a sec­tion of the aspi­rants ear­lier this month, took par­tic­u­lar is­sues with the on­line reg­is­tra­tion which they said was prone to be mis­used and could lock out mem­bers, who are not tech savvy.

“Gor Mahia is a club that has mem­bers up to the vil­lages and it is upon the branches who know their gen­uine mem­bers to be in­volved in the reg­is­tra­tion so that the elec­tions can be free and fair. We don’t sup­port any par­tic­u­lar can­di­date but we want the next lead­er­ship to have the le­git­i­macy to gov­ern the club on be­half of the mem­bers,” re­marked Peter Ouma, the or­gan­is­ing sec­re­tary of the coun­cil of Gor branches.

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