Alai seeking Raila’s help in Rachier ouster bid
Controversial blogger Robert Alai has sensationally claimed that he is seeking the endorsement of Cord leader and Gor Mahia patron Raila Odinga to have Ambrose Rachier removed as the club chairman.
Alai, who has declared his interest in becoming the club’s next Secretary General, has also promised a Sh200,000 payout to any “team” that is willing to unseat Rachier.
In a series of Facebook updates, the blogger hit out at Rachier for poor administration of the club during his tenure and also for delaying the club polls.
“I have upped my donation to Sh200,000 for any team willing to eject Rachier from Gor Mahia. We must remove Rachier because he is destroying the club. I have talked to Jakom (Raila Odinga) over this and he told me Rachier must stay but I told him that Rachier must be brave to call for elections,” Alai wrote.
Gor Mahia was primed to hold elections last November as per the club constitution but the exercise failed to materialize owing to a number of issues put forward by the management, including transiting from the Societies Act to the Sports Act.
Despite overseeing the club’s recent success, including three back-to-back Kenyan Premier League titles, Rachier, who has been at the helm of the club for almost a decade, is facing growing dissidence from club members and fans alike over his administration.
Former club Secretary General Chris Omondi and diehard fan, Dan Oketch, are among the candidates who are said to be interested in challenging Rachier for the club’s top seat.
However, Raila, who wields significant influence within the club recently advised the club to put the elections on hold until the end of 2016, saying doing so when the league season has started would negatively effect the club.