- Despite the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) cancelation of 2019/20 season in April, but the local Rugby clubs protest forced them to rescind their decision that has left the seasons fate in limbo as all sporting activities awaits Government directives.
According to government measures to curb the spread of pandemic COVID 19, all Sporting action was halted in March with all eyes on the much-awaited sport resumption report.
As revealed by KRU Chairman Oduor Gangla who told the Annual General Meeting (AGM) that was held via zoom on Wednesday, action resumption will only be possible when it is safe.
“Many are keen to know when rugby will return. I don’t have the answer today but we continue to engage the Government and soon there will be a pronouncement on the way forward. After that we will sit and engage with stakeholders to see a way forward for our game,” Gangla said.
Last week, Sports Chief Administrative Secretary Hassan Noor Hassan confirms the sports resumption report is ready but awaits Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed who traveled to Geneva, Switzerland.
Also, in the meeting, members welcomed the Administration Police Rugby team, the Warriors, who became the 49th full affiliate and newest member.
“We have watched AP Warriors go from strength to strength over the last three years they have been playing. We are happy to welcome them into the rugby family,” Gangla said.
Treasurer Joshua Aroni got an opportunity too to address the Union finances. He said the Union generated an income of slightly over Sh215m in the last financial year, a slight drop from the Sh227m realized in the previous year.
According to Aroni, the KRU Board decided to invest in Sh45m under a money market investment with the Britam Fund that has contributed to the realized figure.
“The Board thought it wise to put the money there so that we can generate some funds in terms of interest that we could use to help run the Union in the short term,” Aroni said.
He added that the Union has also opted to retain PKF as its auditors for the next financial year, members asked them to negotiate for a cheaper rate due to the prevailing financial situation.