In Summary
  • Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) chairman Richard Omwela will again face the battle to retain his post on Wednesday during elections when the union holds its Annual General Meeting at RFUEA grounds.
  • Omwela, a Nairobi-based lawyer, will face strong opposition from Nairobi-based architecture Sasha Mutai who is also a former vice chairman of KRU and Pape Sembi, businessman based in western Kenya who is widely regarded as a key player in rugby development.
  • Pape is currently a director at KRU.

Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) chairman Richard Omwela will again face the battle to retain his post on Wednesday during elections when the union holds its Annual General Meeting at RFUEA grounds.

Omwela, a Nairobi-based lawyer, will face strong opposition from Nairobi-based architecture Sasha Mutai who is also a former vice chairman of KRU and Pape Sembi, businessman based in western Kenya who is widely regarded as a key player in rugby development. Pape is currently a director at KRU.

This is not the first time Omwela is facing a big battle for KRU’s chairmanship, having taken on former KRU chairman Mwangi Muthee twice before losing in 2011. Omwela made a comeback in 2015 where he beat Charles Ouko for the top seat following Muthee’s resignation in December 2014.

While Omwela has opted to maintain a low profile ahead of the polls, Mutai, who staged a coup at the union in 2015, has been vocal both on social media and main stream media in his campaign.

Up for grabs are the 55 votes - 24 from Kenya Cup clubs, 26 from nationwide league and four from the board.

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