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Why judicial committee is protesting as Kabras stand firm
By Raga House | Tue 29 Jun, 2021 13:49

The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) judicial committee and referees bodies have protested at the fielding of Derrick Ashiundu by Kabras RFC against Kenya Simbas select while he was still serving his ban, Raga House has reliably learnt.  

Raga House understands that the judicial committee has suspended any further hearing until this case is resolved. KCB's Winfred Waswa was expected to face the panel last week but the hearing was postponed due to Ashiundu's case.  

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The Kenya Rugby Referees Association (KRRS) has also written to KRU seeking clarification as to why Ashiundu was allowed to play against Kenya Simbas while his nine-week ban was still active. 

"According to World Rugby laws, a banned player, is expected to stay away from rugby activities for the duration of his ban. Has the above player contravened this law that KRU adopted for local disciplinary procedures?" KRRA asked in an email sent to KRU and copied to the judicial committee head George Mbaye.  

Ashiundu was sent off by Victor Oduour in a Kenya Cup match against Kenya Harlequin after he illegally tackled an opponent. He was subsequently cited and banned for nine weeks that was to run up to May 29, 2021. However, the league was suspended before he could serve his ban.  

The ban resumed once the league resumed and he was serving the first week of his nine weeks when he turned out for Kabras against Simbas in a training match at RFUE Grounds.  

Kabras Sugar insists the ban lapsed on May 29, 2021, and thus Ashiundu is free to play. 

The KRU board is under pressure to give a direction on this matter as KCB and Waswa wait on their turn to face the panel and get their sanction.

Raga House
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