Ndungu and Kinuthia unopposed at KGU elections

David Ndung’u and Chris Kinuthia are set to be elected as chairman and vice chairman respectively unopposed in tomorrow’s Kenya Golf Union (KGU) Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Muthaiga Golf club.

Ndung’u who has been serving as the vice chairman to the outgoing chairman Philip Ochola wants to take to the helm of the union on Friday 24th.

Coming from Limuru, Ndung’u is expected to hold the office for a period of one year before the next elections.

Ndung’u replaces Ochola from Muthaiga Golf Club has served his one year term in office after replacing  Vet Lab’s Njani Ndiritu last year.

Kinuthia from Thika Sports, who has been serving as the union’s secretary will be going unopposed for the vice chairman’s seat.

Two contestants, Brian Akun of Vet Lab and Golf Park’s Frank Wambua will be vying for the Secretary’s post to replace Kinuthia.

Akun and Wambua have been serving as executive members alongside Ndiga Kithae, Jonathan Marucha, Sammy Itemere and Thomas Mwaura.

Much contest will be in the executives where eleven individuals will go head to head and only six will be elected into the office for another year.

Davis Mukuria (Kiambu), James Gitonga (Mombasa Golf Club), Jonathan Marucha (Kenya Railway Golf Club), Kevin Muchiri (Limuru Country Club), Liban Roba (Karen Country Club), Ndiga Kithae (Thika Greens Golf Resort), Peter Mwaura (Ruiru Sports Club), Robert Ngugi (Muthaiga Golf Club), Sammy Itemere (Royal Nairobi Golf Club), Taufiq Balala (Nyali Golf Club) and Weldon Mutai (Sigona Golf Club)

At the same time, the union announced toincrease the affiliation fee from 3,000 to 4,000 for golfers.

In a circular by outgoing secretary Kinuthia, who will be going for the vice chairman’s position said that the union has been steadfast in its commitment to promoting and advancing the sport of golf across the nation.

„Over the years, our Union has grown in membership and stature, facilitating the development of golf clubs and players alike. However, in order to sustain our operations and further enhance the services we provide to our member clubs and players it has become necessary to review our affiliation fees,” read the statement.

He said that the last affiliation fees increase was done in 2016 and they are proposing to  increase its affiliation fees from the current kshs 3,000 to 4,000.

„This will be effective immediately following approval at the AGM on 24th May 2024. The proposed increase in affiliation fees is essential to ensure the long-term financial viability and operational sustainability and the revenue generated will be allocated towards enhancing member services and benefits, investing in initiatives aimed at promoting golf at grassroots levels, fostering talent development, and expanding access to the sport across diverse communities and strengthening the Union’s organizational capacity,” read the statement.

At the elections, David Ndung’u and Kinuthia are set to be elected as chairman and vice chairman respectively.

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