ODM STATEMENT ON STANCHART MARATHON
ODM regrets to see that tribalism and rigging has found its way into sports The just concluded Stanchart Marathon is a case in point.
Kenyans want to know since when Njoroge's of this world could win such races.
Steadman polls conducted exhaustively before the race showed that the favourite was Kip (Keino,Koech,Ruto,Choge,Tanui etc) ODM'S pentagon has reliably established that the winner Mr. Njoroge is actually a registered voter in starehe constituency and has been spotted in various PNU rallies.
The connection between the winner and the Sports Minister Hon. Kamanda is clear for all to see. This amounts to voter bribery, race rigging and blatant tribalism.
ODM will not condone such. We will match to Kasarani today in protest.
In the meantime, we have dispatched HON Ochilo Ayako to present our grievances to IAAF.
We would like this organisation to take stern action against the Njoroge's of this world and slap a five year ban on them.
We also wish to have all gold medals won by Douglas Wakihuri, Catherine Ndereba, John Ngugi, etc withdrawn because their selection and inclusion into the Kenyan team since 1985 ( 3 years after the coup detat ) had been done without consulting the current members of Pentagon.
Until this issue is resolved by the international athletics community and all our demands met, an ODM government will ban all international athletics engagement by Kenya in the next five years.
We also appeal to the Standard Chartered bank not to honour the 1.5 million cheque issued to Mr. Njoroge.
Failure to do this will result in future stern action ( beginning 2008) in which the bank will join Equity bank in having all its operations limited to only within 10 km radius of Othaya town.
Professor Anyang Nyongo Secretary General ODM Maisha Bora