Cricket Kenya Constitution gets validation

Monday, October 25th, 2021 05:00 |
Alex Obanda and Irfan Karim during a past international cricket match at the GymKhana in Nairobi. Photo/PD/Alex Njue

There is finally light at the end of the tunnel following the validation of the draft Cricket Kenya Constitution by stakeholders, including the Ministry Of Sports after months of protracted battles.

Cricket Kenya Normalisation Committee at the weekend passed and adopted amendments to the 2021 Cricket Kenya Constitution.

The online meeting had various high profile attendees with International Cricket Council (ICC) representative Tavengwa Mukhulani chairing the meeting in the presence of committee chairperson Lady Justice (Rtd) Joyce Aluoch.

The validation comes following a rigorous exercise, including stakeholder contributions and proposals received by the Committee on October 8.

The document was largely accepted by stakeholders after a large chunk of proposals getting their way into the final draft. 

The State-appointed committee sat and engaged for months before coming up with what will be the sweet news for cricket lovers who have been robbed of any meaningful action in the past two years.

With the ending of chaos, the sport normalcy is expected including the valuable ICC funding for CK programmes.

Prior to that, stakeholders had begun murmurs over the delay of implementation of concerns but all seems to have fallen in place at least by the unanimous support of the document.

Justice Oluoch in her speech stated: “The views received by the committee pointed to several problem areas, this includes areas on diversity and inclusion, inconsistency with pieces of legislation, registration, membership, governance issues and problematic election representation clauses. 

As is the case all over, no constitution can please each and every stakeholder.

“Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed on her part said: “The validation of this constitution seeks to give our players an opportunity to enjoy the game and an opportunity to earn a living from it. 

Dr Mukhulani who is also the Zimbabwe Cricket Chairman warned that it was Kenya’s last chance at sorting out their problems with the sport. 

“The ICC has extended the final olive branch to Kenya. We have 107 countries playing cricket and the world will move on without Kenya. 

They already have in the last couple of years. Kenya has a choice to make today to be part of the international game or go into oblivion. 

Take advantage of the goodwill that the ICC chair has extended to Kenya to put its house in order, hold elections and run affairs properly. We hope you can make the right call and join us,” stated Dr Mukhulani.

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