Sports Secretary Rugut to lead talks in rugby as govt intervenes
Linus Simiyu Nato Linus Simiyu #7 of Kenya runs through defenders of Argentina during the Plate Final on day three of the USA Sevens Rugby at Sam Boyd Stadium on February 12, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kenya won 24-21
The bug that is wrangles biting Kenyan sports associations might be denied more blood at Kenya rugby Union after Sports Secretary Japhter Rugut was appointed to lead mediation between the warring factions.
In a clubs meeting convened last week a resolution was reached to send the entire KRU board packing, and have a former vice chairman, Sasha Mutai, named to lead an interim committee to run the sport for a year and organise elections.
The Government however stepped in on a matter of urgency to salvage the face of the sport in Kenya to appoint Rugut as the lead mediator between the Mutai-led side and the one led by acting chairman Gabriel Ouko. “We met both boards today and decision was made that we should set a date next week to try and bring them together,” Rugut exclusively told Sports Monthly.
“I was appointed to lead the mediation process and we hope for the best. The decision to agree on the way forward will have to come from them,” he added
Since December 2014, trouble has been brewing at KRU during which saw the resignation of four high placed officials among them former Chairman Mwangi Muthee.
The Patrons Society also raised issues regarding the management of the sport and blamed certain officials of conducting themselves inappropriately.
Meanwhile, the Kenyan team that took part in the Las Vegas Sevens is expected to return this morning. The team will arrive at 6am and head to Ole Sereni Hotel for breakfast, officials said. The team maintained their 12th position in the IRB World Series after bagging eight points.
Kenya won the Bowl competition after beating Argentina 24-21, taking the tally to 29 with four legs remaining.