National Olympic of Kenya (NOCK) headquarters yesterday was full of drama as stakeholders meeting failed to reach on a consensus.
The stakeholders meeting was scheduled to take place after the invitation by NOCK to try and iron out issues that were at hand.
Affiliate federations members were dismayed to come to the meeting that was called by NOCK only to find that the Association of National Olympics Committee for Africa (ANNOCA) President, Lassana Palenfo was also in attendance.
The member federations felt that the NOCK team led by the president wanted to embarrass them in front of the visitor.
Speaking after the meeting failed to kick off the Africa Table Tennis Federation president Andrew Mudibo said, “this was a scheme to ashame and put us in bad light to the ANNOCA president but we will not be intimidated by that.”
There was an attempt by NOCK officials to bar Professional Athletes Association of Kenya PAAK members from entering the boardroom seemed to make matters worse, sensing danger, NOCK Secretary General F.K Paul, however, allowed the athletes in.
The drama continued when placard carrying members of the (PAAK) insisted on being part of the meeting even though they had not been invited.
NOCK Deputy Secretary General James Chacha then attempted to address those gathered in the boardroom, but was told off as those in attendance threatened to storm the closed door meeting.
They made their grievances known with placards reading ‘KIPCHOGE GO HOME NOC-K IS ROTTEN’ among others.
ANNOCA President Palenfo, said he was was in Nairobi to check the progress of reforms carried out by NOCK and the Sports Ministry in accordance to an earlier agreement made during the meeting held in Lausanne, Switzerland in September.
“I will not meet anybody else apart from NOCK executives and the minister that’s how my programme is because I don’t have time enough time and my flight is 8:00 am (today) no one has a right to kick out any NOCK official from ofiice,” he stated.
Speaking after the aborted meeting at NOCK offices PAAK Organising Secretary Julius Ndegwa said, “It seems the minister is sleeping on the job such that his action to disband Nock has been brushed off.
We’re calling on the CID director Ndegwa Muhoro to act and ensure that the office bearers of the disbanded committee are not transacting any business on behalf of Kenya and the committee,” He said.