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Infighting at Athletics Kenya

29 August 2014, 21:00

Nairobi - Athletics Kenya has refused to recognize the election of Wilfred Bungei as chairman of its Nandi County Branch.

Bungei, 2008 Beijing Olympic Games 800m champion, was elected as chairman on Wednesday during a special branch meeting where existing chairman Abraham Mutai was ousted.

The Nandi branch chose to remove Mutai from the position because they were recently informed that he was recently convicted of incitement by a local magistrate’s court.

The branch members says the organisation’s constitution excludes anyone with a criminal conviction from being a chairman.

However, Isaiah Kiplagat, president of Athletics Kenya, told Daily Nation that the ousting was also unconstitutional.

“Article 15 of the AK constitution states that an office bearer may be removed from office if the Executive Committee so recommends and the Annual General Meeting resolves by two thirds majority of the members present that such an office bearer should be removed,” Kiplagat said.

“Nandi County branch appears not to have adhered to this requirement. Such an election is a nullity and will not be recognized by Athletics Kenya. We can’t accept coups as these will bring anarchy and retard the gains so far attained.”

The Nandi County branch members who elected Bungei include coach Mike Kosgei, former African 800m record holder Sammy Kosgei and Atlanta 1984 Olympics finalist Edwin Koech.

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