What you need to know:
- The normalisation committee was set up by Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed on March 16, 2021 with the objective of coming up with a new constitution that will go a long way in reviving the sport in the country.
Cricket Kenya Normalisation Committee Wednesday issued a notice of elections to be held on February 26 at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
Retired Judge Joyce Aluoch, the chairperson of the committee, said that an independent electoral board of seven members, which will be headed by Dr Kenneth Mutuma, has been appointed.
She made the announcement at a press conference on the sidelines of the Agnes Tirop gender-based violence conference at Diani Reef Hotel in Kwale County.
Other members of the independent electoral body are Marcela Sinda (secretary), Omore Osendo (member), Lujian Abbas (member), Fatuma Abdullahi (member), Stephen Owino and Fred Luganda (member).
Aluoch said that former officials will not be allowed to contest the elections for the next four years in line with stipulations of the transition constitution.
Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed appointed the Normalisation Committee on March 16 last year with the objective of coming up with a new constitution that will help revive cricket that was embroiled in wrangles.
The panel was mandated to coordinate the finalisation of the draft constitution and ensure its validation in line with the requirements of the Sports Act 2013 and the International Cricket Council statutes.
The new constitution was adopted with amendments that were raised by cricket stakeholders during a validation forum held virtually at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi on October 22 last year. Some of the amendments suggested by the stakeholders included: an associate member not having the right vote and only County Cricket Associations as full members of the Cricket Kenya and not clubs.
CS Amina congratulated the stakeholders for adopting the new constitution. She also thanked the committee for their commitment that led to the success of the document.
“The validation of the new constitution ushers in a new phase of cricket in Kenya,” said Amina.
“The government will establish public cricket facilities; continue supporting the national teams and nurture cricket talents through the Kenya Academy of Sports. All these can be best achieved with a functioning federation.”
Justice Aluoch said that the committee invited all interested parties to register with the Registrar of Sports. Seventeen applications were received by the registrar; they were reviewed and analysed, thereafter, 10 were registered. The rest are still being reviewed, she said.
The electoral body’s mandate includes conducting Cricket Kenya (CK) elections in compliance with the relevant bodies, receiving and vetting applications for all candidates vying in the elections in accordance with the CK constitution and the body’s elections code.
The team is expected to announce and declare the duly elected officials of CK and submit a report to the Sports Registrar and the Normalisation Committee within seven days upon completion of the exercise.
Justice Aluoch said that the independent elections panel will in due course share the calendar of its activities with the public.