‘I am not Mugabe’…says Gor chairman Rachier
Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has stated that he is the right bet to lead the club to new territory and appealed for support to get the job done come Saturday’s highly anticipated polls.
The veteran administrator who has so far led the club for 12 years and may take his reign to 16 years if he gets another four-year term this week, has faced criticism for holding onto the seat for a lengthy period.
However, in an interview with People Sport, the renown lawyer stated that he has unfinished business with the 18-time champions and had in fact grand plans moving forward.
“I have done much for this club and it is evident enough. Since I took over in 2008, we have achieved so much and that makes me proud.
In 12 years, we have won 46 trophies, surely that is something. It is also testament that I have retained my seat unopposed; it means members have always had faith in my leadership,” he said.
Rachier dispelled the notion that he is using the club to drive his own agenda and interests.
“To run this great club, you have to be a servant first. It is not easy to lead Gor Mahia given the image and so it is about being passionate and efficient.
The reason I am in the seat is so to help drive the club to greater heights,” he added.
He praised the resolutions of last year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) that resolved to reduce elective positions from 11 to four.
“It will be better to have a lean but effective office with individuals able to persecute the mandate given to them.
In the past, it was a bit complicated and sometimes differences would occur.
We want to speak a unified language that is endeared to developing the club,” he said.
On the forthcoming elections, he expressed satisfaction with the levels of preparations and exuded confidence of winning another term.
“We are ready for the polls and we have followed all directives of the Sports Act. In fact, the recent directive by Sports Registrar on deploying monitors to assess viability and credibility of elections online is complete.
We have ICPAK (Institute of Chartered Public Accountants of Kenya) on board and we have already forwarded names of voters who have met criteria of being registered club members,” he said.
He added: “The Board is in place with gender balance ascertained.”
Rachier who also doubles up as the Kenyan Premier League chairman, told critics who had gone to court to challenge the polls that he was ready to obey court orders even as he took a dig at an unregistered candidate interested in the Honorary Secretary position for lacking capacity in financial matters thus not being competent enough.