By the rules of Parliament, I have to declare my interest. I don’t know Dr Susan Kidero. The nearest I’ve been next to her is through her brother Lukie Mboya, one of the finest sports journalists Kenya has ever seen.
But then again don’t use it against me that I carry the name Tom Mboya. More of that later.
Be that as it may I want to posit that the lady should be the next chair of Gor Mahia. I want to tell you a story. About three years ago, I was in Nziu Market in Makueni County.
The previous evening, Gor had won a match. So we were upbeat. Singing and shouting about Gor. Then came along an old man who told us, “young men, you don’t know anything about Gor Mahia. I was there when Gor Mahia was being formed. It was at Tom Mboya’s house. I was a domestic worker there. And that’s why I support Gor Mahia to date.”
Here’s why I want Susan to be the chair of our great club. First, I have seen the so-called officials of Gor. Maybe for the sake of kinship. I mean guys, can you let something your dad formed to go down the drain?
Can you Tom Bwana? Can you George Bwana? Can you Deborah Auko? Can You? I know you can’t.
From what I have read in the media, the lady is a good organiser. And what more does our club need? Corporate experience. From what I’ve read in the papers, I know she is a philanthropist and an executive of the Coca-Cola Foundation. And our club needs people with such kind of networks. Who says Gor Mahia cannot go to Atlanta, the home of Coca-Cola?
From my experience in the media and corporate world, you cannot rise that far if you don’t have what it takes. I know many of my friends who want the seat. The current chairman Ambrose Rachier wants to retain the seat. I have heard of Dan Okech. Then I have also heard of my pal Chris Omondi who also wants the seat.
And one thing I can’t underrate is the love the gentlemen have for Gor Mahia. Ambrose (or ADOR as his supporters call him) has done more than enough for the club.
Nobody since the days of the late Joab Omino has ever put in his time and money to support the club. That is why I watched with consternation when some ill-brought up boys were singing songs against the club chairman.
You don’t go around shouting against a man your father’s age.
But I feel it’s time Rachier stepped aside for Susan. At Gor, we are known for setting the trend. Let us be the first to have a woman chair. Okay, I’m told there might be clubs with women chair but then again if it has not happened at K’Ogalo then it has never happened.
Lastly, being a columnist gives you some leeway. I would not mind a chair sharing the same name with me.