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Golfer who broke race barrier

Mr Richard Kemoli. PHOTO | FILE | NMG
Mr Richard Kemoli. PHOTO | FILE | NMG 

Richard Kemoli has been playing golf for 45 years. He was one of the first three black golfers to become members of Karen Country Club in 1972, a time when the green was all white.

His illustrious post-retirement career (worked for Commonwealth Development Corporation, retired at 60) that has seen him, at some point, sit in 15 boards in Kenya and some across East Africa. His most notable were in listed companies like Housing Finance #ticker:HFCK, CMC #ticker:CMC, Kakuzi #ticker:KUKZ, East African Breweries Ltd #ticker:EABL and Unga Group #ticker:UNGA.

He’s had a good run as an economist (Makerere trained) and now at 82, he likes nothing better than to tee off every week with his cronies for an 18-hole and a morning filled with war stories.

JACKSON BIKO met him at the club.