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Change of guard: Richard Wanjala elected KGU chairman

Richard Nyongesa Wanjala was elected unopposed to take over the chairmanship of Kenya Golf Union (KGU) in an Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Saturday at Muthaiga Golf Club.

Muthaiga’s Wanjala replaces Vet Lab’s Muchau Githiaka as golf governing body’s chairman and will be leading the body for the next one year.

His cabinet was also unopposed in their quest for the posts. Handicap 13 golfer, before assuming the post was the KGU’s vice chairman and also served as the body’s treasurer for four years.

Wanjala’s deputy is Lucas Marang’a of Limuru County club who then served as KGU’s secretary general as Ben Omuodo will serve a secretary general taking over from Marang’a.

Karen’s Anthony Murage will serve as KGU treasurer. Serving as officials of the body, Peter Kiragu, of Sigona, Vincent Wang’ombe, Vet Lab’s Njani Nderitu George Gathu from Kenya Airways, Kiambu’s Robert Kairo, Thika Sports Club Ndinga Kithae were elected as executive committee members.

The election of the KGU Officials is held annually during at Muthaiga which is the home of the governing body in May.

Clubs send delegates to represent them in the AGM who have been categorized to provide equity in terms of number of members in each club.

The outgoing chairman, Githiaka applauded Wanjala’s election and hoped that he would continue the good work achieved by the union during his tenure at the helm.

Wanjala promised to put more synergy on Golf development as well as searching and developing golfing talents across the country.

The chairman promised the Union will work with golf clubs in the County level so that they can make their courses available for individuals so that they can increase the number of golfers with handicaps.

“At the moment we have clubs with about 5000 players with handicaps which is far much below. I intend to have the numbers to double by the end of the year,” he said.

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