Samson Ateka, SJAK
NAIROBI, August 11, 2018 – Seasoned scribe Chris Mbaisi has been re-elected to lead the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) for a second term.
Mbaisi, who is also the Vice- President of AIPS Africa, was elected unopposed during the SJAK Annual General Meeting.
James Magayi of Mediamax was reelected unopposed as the Vice-President and so was Citizen TV Sports Editor Mike Okinyi who retained his post as the secretary.
Capital FM head of sports Alex Isaboke is the new treasurer. He replaces AIPS vice President Evelyn Watta who was elected unopposed as a committee member.
K24 Sports anchor Scolastica Mwenda becomes the new organising secretary replacing Vereso Mwanga of Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC). Vereso was one of the four committee members elected unopposed during the AGM alongside motoring journalist Samson Ateka, Watta and Mitchell Katami of BBC. Katami, Watta and Vereso replace Idris Situma, Becky Magoma and Tirike Torome who didn’t seek re-eletion.
Mbaisi was happy that SJAK has surpassed its targets over the past four years and indeed punched above its weight in as far as SJAK progress is concerned.
“Our selfless courses have continued to attract corporate support to enable us motivate athletes, players and their technical staff who happen to be the backbone of the games we dutifully report on. As far as the improvement of our members is concerned, we have held several seminars across the country covering various topics of interest to our trade,” Mbaisi said.
Mbaisi congratulated his team for successfully hosting the AIPS Africa Congress in Nairobi, adding that the good reception and treatment of the guests has remained the talk of the continent.
“Wherever we ha e gone Kenya has been used as the benchmark of what AIPS Africa Congress should look like. In Brussels last May, Nairobi and SJAK were the talk of talk of the AIPS Congress,” added Mbaisi.
Mbaisi also announced the Sports Media Awards will take place in Lausanne during the next AIPS Congress, and as a country, “Kenya would like to be represented.”
SJAK has over the past few years held the StarTimes Sports Personality of the Month, the Sportpesa Player of the Month (cosponsored LG Electrons), the Fidelity Coach of the Month and held several empowerment courses to help promote scribes talents in the industry.
Mbaisi also announced that SJAK is in the process of signing a major partnership to start the Team of the Month Award.
Watta called on SJAK to play a leading role in sensitizing the local sporting fraternity on the anti-doping menace, which is seen as the biggest impediment to the development of the sporting industry in the country.