Ndolo makes a comeback into pro-boxing
New KPBC chairman Reuben Ndolo (center) with Secretary General Franklin Imbenzi (Right) and vice chairman Ahmed Yasin shortly after they were elected/ PHOTO KARIUKI MWANGI
Veteran Boxing administrator and former Makadara Member of Parliament Reuben Ndolo made a comeback to the helm of the Kenya Professional Boxing Commission (KPBC) after he was elected chairman unopposed replacing businessman Hilary Alila who did not seek re-election.
Ndolo will now serve a second stint at the commission after previously leading the federation from 1998 to 2001.
The elections which were presided over by Capacity Building Agency Consulting also saw incumbent Secretary General Franklin Imbenzi retain his seat after managing 50 votes against veteran Abdalla Kent who never got any votes. Kent failed to produce his National Identity card and would therefore not vote for himself, causing a stir after returning officer Brian Weke announced the results. Julius Odhiambo managed 40 votes to win the assistant secretary general position against Leonard Wanga who collected 9 votes.
New comer Ahmed Yassin emerged victorious in the vice-chairman contest after garnering 47 votes against Charles Juma two. Former Vice Chairman George Adipo did not seek a fresh mandate as well.
Purity Gacheri was elected the federation’s treasurer unopposed while Fredrick Simatwa was elected vice treasurer after he garnered 31 votes to floor Lucas Omondi. Francis Olando was elected the Organizing secretary with Martin Nderia deputizing him.
Ndolo who served as the chairman of the Commonwealth Boxing Council in 1999 and most recently a director at CBC where he was elected in 2014 promised to put in place measures to ensure the sport is improved and more boxing bouts are brought to Kenya as opposed to local boxers traveling abroad for fights.
“I know the pain of being a boxer. I want to ensure that boxers and promoters works together to have more bouts here,” Ndolo said.
“When our boxers go abroad, they become punching bags. They are only used to earn foreign boxers good ratings. We want the world to come to Kenya and not the other way,” He added.
Ndolo said that he was willing to work with the boxing federation of Kenya to see that KPBC not only supports existing pro-boxers but as well nurtures new pugilists into the pro ranks.
Alila decried the never ending infighting that has bedeviled many a sport in Kenya but noted that his administration had established an administrative structure and that the new office will have it easy organizing the federation in the future.
“KPBC is in a better place than we found it in terms of structures. We have the most critical department that is welfare of the boxers in place and we have a proper administrative structure. The new office will only recruit a Chief executive officer and set up the secretariat,” Alila said.