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KRU names Okoth as new CEO

Jack Okoth was on Thursday declared Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Rugby Union during a volatile special general meeting at the Rugby Football Grounds of East Africa.

Okoth, initially the Honorary Secretary, was appointed CEO in acting capacity by Chairman Mwangi Muthee in December last year.

Muthee said the Board of Directors met on Monday and unanimously endorsed Okoth for the post.

Muthee announced Okoth had resigned as secretary, and the position would be filled in 21 days.

Resignation claims

Okoth, however, denied the resignation claims leaving members confused. The meeting ended without an agreement on the issue.

The newly-appointed CEO has in the past month been the centre of controversy after Nondescripts RFC moved a motion to have him sacked.

They accused the official of being an impediment to rugby development.

Muthee was forced to call a recess for members to cool off, after tempers flared during debate on the constitutional changes proposed by Nondies.

Motion withdrawn

Shortly after, Nondies Chairman Thomas Opiyo withdrew the motion, citing more crucial issues that need discussion.

The former Kenya international said KRU needed to clear the air on sponsorship.

Nondies has been pushing for clubs to be allowed to seek financiers outside those who sponsor KRU.

The club was forced to drop a sponsorship pledge from SuperSport a rival to KRU sponsor – Zuku.

Muthee ended the constitutional review discussion saying the matter was being handled by the board. The motion was thrown out.