Swimming impasse demands more members to interim committee
Eight more members have been added to the Kenya swimming federation –Interim management committee that is seeking to formulate a new constitution and ahead of fresh election at the federation that has been strangled by wrangles.
During a Kenya swimming parents and coaches stakeholders meeting that was steered by the Chairman of the Sports Disputes Tribunal John Ohaga, a proposal by parents of swimmers from Nairobi to kick out their representatives in the IMC was quashed and members suggested to join the committee that has until October 2019 to deliver a new constitution and conduct fresh polls for the federation as directed by the world swimming governing body FINA.
The parents group spokes person Stephen Ndonga, Nasir Ahmed, Sharley Maina, Pauline Raburu, Patricia Wena, Larissa Hart, Benson Mukuria and Njeri Njoroge were selected to joint the IMC at various committees to help fast track the process.
The parents accused the three representatives Conrad Thoppe, Jen Maina and Tony of laxity noting that two years down the line no progress has been achieved.
“The representatives we selected have slept on the job. They are never available and are not keen at supplying the stakeholders with information. We know they want to buy time and seek an extension of their time to deliver the mandate but FINA has refused and we wanted them out so that we can steer the process to its conclusion,” Ndonga said.
Accoring to Ohaga, hounding the three out of office would distabilise the IMC and jeopordise its operations as the team runs to meet the FINA deadline and it was wise to accommodate embers who felt they could assist in delivering the new constitutional order for the swimming fraternity time constraints have.
“I can attest that even with some members travelling wide, members have discussed matters on numerous video conferences and striking out the members would only derail the process,” Ohaga adviced.
The members discussed various complaints noting that radical changes needed to be put in place.
Parents complaint that despite footing the expense of athletes who are selected for national duty, they are not involved in the decision making of the children’s travel plans and they felt left out.
Amontg the resolutions reached out it was recommended that chairs of the IMC/KSF committees be changed to allow more vibrant people lead the agenda.
A new timelines for constitution amendments and elections was also proposed to have the final draft by 31st July while the same will be submitted to both FINA and CANA by 10 th August.
A Special General Meeting is expected to adopt constitution before a notice for election is issued by 5th October and National elections held by 26 th October as directed by FINA.