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Registrar of Societies’ office should be impartial in dealing with management crisis at AFC Leopards

By | Updated Thu, March 3rd 2011 at 00:00 GMT +3

The recent happenings at AFC Leopards is a matter of great concern.

The club, who lost their opening match of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season at the weekend, is threatened on every side.

The leadership wrangles, which engulfed the club the better part of last year, seem not to be going away.

The matter was made worse by two aborted elections, which were disrupted by hooligans claiming to be members.

It appeared that the move by the Sports Minister to form a board to run the club would end the wrangles once and for all, but this may not be the case following a new directive from the Registrar of Societies.

The whole matter now brings to question the role of the Registrar of Societies. It is disheartening to note that the same Registrar of societies had written to the Ministry of Sports to form an interim committee to manage the club, only to turn around and disown the same.

While the issues raised by the registrar in disowning his earlier directive makes sense, we wonder whether he had not taken those issues into consideration. As it is, the Minister of Sports Paul Otuoma has been left greatly embarrassed because the committee he put in place is no longer recognised.

Questions about the conduct of the Registrar of Societies are bound to be raised over the matter. This office cannot escape blame for the confusion at Leopards’ management, as they seem to side with one side of the officials. The Registrar of Societies must be above reproach in these matters and consult widely before making certain decisions.