Gor Mahia fans protest, demand Rachier’s removal
A section of Gor Mahia supporters on Thursday made good their threat and held a demonstration to force club chairman Ambrose Rachier to resign after admitting he is into freemasonry.
The over 30 fans who claimed to be members of the 19-time Football Kenya Federation Premier League champions, congregated at the newly built Uhuru Park terminus where they were escorted by three policemen to Rachier’s office at the Mayfair building.
“Rachier Must Go, Gor Mahia is not in Freemason,” said information scribed in one of the placards carried by the demonstrators, most of them singing songs to castigate the veteran football administrator.
After a few minutes’ walk from the bus terminus they reached Rachier office, danced and waved placards for about 15 minutes castigating the renowned city lawyer for tainting the club’s name and embarrassing its fans for coming out publicly to say he is into the secret sect.
“As a Gor Mahia fan and registered member, I’m disappointed by what our chairman did. He shouldn’t have come out to declare he is in freemasonry. Now every opponent and our arch rivals AFC Leopards believe we have been winning the league through dark forces,” said a fan.
Former Club Organising Secretary Judith Anyango who was at the forefront in organizing the picketing, said it was a success as much as there was a ploy from some quarters to scuttle it.
“This is not the first nor the last. Rachier has to leave the club and we shall continue to pressure him. Though some people view that being in freemasonry is his individual decision, the truth is that it doesn’t augur well with the club’s image,” said Anyango.
In an interview with NTV, Mr Rachier said he was introduced to Freemasonry in 1994 by his close friends, adding that the secret society is not based on any particular religion.
The Nairobi-based lawyer said the Masonry includes many people in the country drawn from varied professions and said he doesn’t regret joining the secret sect which has members from all the religious groups.