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Why Gor Mahia polls could yet again be postponed

Cord leader Raila Odinga has advised Gor Mahia’s hierarchy to postpone the eagerly anticipated club elections to the end of the year.

Odinga, who is the club’s patron, said this during a function where the Kenyan Premier League champions unveiled a five-year sponsorship deal with betting firm SportPesa estimated to be worth Sh60 million annually.

“Wait till the end of the season then hold an election. Doing so when the season is on will affect the team,” Odinga said during the function.

Considering the former Prime Minister’s position, the advice, although against the club’s constitution, is likely to hold.


Gor Mahia’s constitution provides for national polls to be held after every three years and the club was expected to have held an election in December 2015.

The exercise was however delayed, partly owing to financial shortcomings and the fact that current chairman Ambrose Rachier was at the time campaigning for the presidency of Football Kenya Federation which were held in February 2016.

Former club Secretary Chris Omondi and ardent fan Dan Oketch are among the candidates who have declared interest in challenging Rachier for the top seat.

Gor Mahia have made a wobbly start to the 2016 season, and remain winless after six matches, having already been eliminated from the Caf Champions League.