By KEITH PUARIA
GEREHU Sports Association, the mother body of touch, volleyball and basketball associations, has hit a hurdle almost two months into the season, as confusion arises over the legitimate ruling council of the association.
Confusion had severely marred the interests of youths in the suburb, after it was revealed that there was another group acting on behalf of the association.
It has been widely known since the return of the association late last year, that the initiator Rex Buka was the interim president with his interim committee of vice-president Leonard Haro, secretary William Giti and treasurer Margaret Karisa.
However, the function of the committee was brought into question, when a totally different body received a total sum of K3,000 from the National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop’s office, on behalf of the association.
NCD Suburban sports coordinator Billy Aki presented the money to the other committee headed by Greg Gigmai, witnessed by officials from the association last Wednesday.
None of the clubs have been informed of the whereabouts the funds had gone and had caused concern amongst the 40 teams participating in the competition.
Club presidents and members who met on Sunday at a meeting were frustrated about the situation and had queried how the council headed by Gigmai was elected.
Documents sighted by The National yesterday, included letters from Governor Parkop last Dec 11 and Kila Dick of the National Capital District Commission (NCDC) on Dec 17, acknowledging the Gigmai-led council, as the recognised council from the association.
Also sighted was a copy of minutes of a meeting that was held last Dec 6, which deliberated on association matters which were unknown to the majority of clubs.
The National was informed that the interim president, Buka has filed a report with the Gerehu police.
The 40 clubs are calling on business houses and offices to be wary of these illegal groups.
“We want to warn business houses to be aware of these groups and not to entertain them,” Cowboys president Petero Kilori said yesterday.
The Gerehu Sports Association has not been active for four years.
It was revived towards the end of last year by Buka and his committee to keep the youths within the suburb involved in sporting activities.