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Kenya Netball Federation boss lands top Africa Netball job

Kenya Netball Federation (KNF) Chairperson Immaculate Kabutha has been elected the Secretary General (SG) of Africa Netball to serve for a period of four years.

Speaking after the elections conducted during the continental netball governing body’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at a Gaborone hotel, Kabutha said that Kenya was now set to benefit from that position in developing the sport.

KNF President Immaculate Kabutha (Second from left) at East and Central Africa Netball championships, Nairobi June 2023.

“We thank God for it because Kenya will now have a say in Africa netball matters and that our ideas of developing netball structures from the grassroots all over the country will now see light of day,” Kabutha said, adding that talks were underway with the Kenyan government for the purposes of having the right indoor sporting infrastructure across the country since netball is an indoor sport.

The Kenya Netball Federation considers this year (2023) a great year, having successfully hosted the East Africa Club Netball Championships in Nairobi in May and also saw Kenya’s Kabutha taking over the East Africa region’s presidency from Uganda’s Hon. Sarah Babirye Kito.

“Netball in Kenya is now set for new changes that will start with us leaders. This continental seat is important because Kenya has been missing out in most tournaments, hence affecting our rankings—something that is now set to change,” quipped Millicent Busolo, the KNF Secretary General, who also attended Africa’s AGM.

The 19-member AGM voted 17-2 in favour of Kabutha for the Secretary General seat. South Africa’s Cecilia Mulokwena retained her seat as President and Botswana’s Malebo Ratladia as Vice President. Martha Lungu from Zambia retained her position as Africa Netball’s Treasurer.

By Francis Hwaga

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