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Hope at last for cricket?

By Barry Silah
Thursday, March 18th, 2021
Alex Obanda and Irfan Karim during a past international cricket match at the Gymkhana grounds in Nairobi. Photo/PD/ALEX NJUE
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Barry Silah @obel_barry

The decision by Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed to name a normalisation committee to run Cricket Kenya is being viewed as the best way to resolve problems bedevilling the sport.

On Tuesday, Amina appointed a five-member committee and a four-person secretariat to chart the way forward ahead of the elections which have been a thorny issue for the past two years.

The eminent professionals will be led by retired Lady Justice Joyce Aluoch assisted by another veteran legal mind Justice Emeritus Alnashir Visram who are charged with developing a roadmap to elections scheduled to take place between July 7 and 9 this year.

Others in the committee are seasoned governance professionals from different fields including engineer Morris Aluanga, Walter Ongeti from the ministry and an advisor on matters of governance and strategy, and Jane Muigai-Kamphuis who is a lawyer. 

The secretariat comprises Deputy Sports commissioner Jaxon Indakwa, deputy chief state counsel Rizpha Mukonyo, sports lawyer and arbitrator Mercy Okiro and acting deputy sports commissioner Caroline Kariuki.

Amina made the announcement at a media briefing at her office  on Tuesday evening where she expressed concern over the current state of the game and its rapid decline over the years.

She directed that the committee finalises the draft constitution that has been contested by a section of cricket stakeholders. She also called on all stakeholders to give the committee a chance to deliver a proper election in compliance with the International Cricket Council. 

The committee will hold its first meeting on Monday, March 22, 2021 and proceed in coordinating the drafting of a new constitution in compliance with the 2013 Sports Act.

Cricket  has been in disarray since 2019 when her predecessor Rashid Echesa appointed an interim committee whose term concluded in May 2020 without much success. 

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