The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Ayimba Bid for Kru Post Fails

Former Kenya Sevens coach Benjamin Ayimba failed in his bid to become a director of the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) during the Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday at the RFUEA ground.

Ayimba garnered a mere seven votes as newcomer Paula Lanco, Godwin Karuga and former Ulinzi RFC player Kadieda Oguta ran away with the three available slots.

Lanco, the first women to become a KRU director in the country managed 33 votes; Karuga collected 31 and Oguta got 26 votes. Outgoing director Paul Nyamodi got a paltry 2 votes to bow out of the race.

The other two incumbent KRU directors Terry Adembesa and Myke Rabar opted not to contest.

Lanco promised to steer the women's game in the country to new levels. " I would like to thank those who have voted for me and I promise to give women's rugby greater say in the union.

We have the talent to be one of the best teams on the continent," she added. Mwangi Muthee was elected unopposed for another two-year terms.

In his acceptance speech, Muthee praised the orderly manner in which the exercise was conducted, saying, "I thank the fraternity for conducting themselves in an orderly manner.

I further thank them for creating history by electing the first woman to serve on the KRU Board." Muthee went on to add, " I thank all the candidates who contested various positions.

They all have a passion for rugby and still have a role to play in serving the game. I want to see unity within the rugby circles as we are one family.

Rugby is viewed as a model sport in Kenya and we are envied by others. We therefore must lead by example as we are custodians of the game and we all have a role to play in ensuring rugby remains being a model for others."

Muthee said the national team performances reflect those of the KRU, adding: "We are as good as the performance of our national teams.

Their performances reflect ours and our agenda is to ensure all our national sides continually churn out top notch performances at the highest levels.

Qualifying for the fifteens Rugby World Cup 2015 is key for us." Muthee said they have managed to spread the game to all corners of the country but much more needs to be done for it to be come national sport.

"We need to more as a federation and we can't rest afford to rest on our laurels. Much more will be expected from us in the next two years."

Muthee said they want to partner with the Ministry of Education to have the game played at primary schools. "We are looking at partnering with the ministry to have the game played at primary level in order to have the young boys and girls nurtured in schools," he added.

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