Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, the Arts and Sports Ministry, Ababu Namwamba on Tuesday, August 22, wrote to the Senate and the National Assembly speakers requesting to appear before the lawmakers.
Namwamba is said to be seeking a chance to appear before the two houses to answer queries touching on his docket.
National Assembly Majority leader Kimani Ichung’wah and Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei accused the CS of mismanaging the sports ministry.
Speaking on the floor of the house, the Majority Leader castigated Namwamba over what he termed as bad leadership at the sports ministry.
“You are not a better minister in this country to fly flag in streets and bulldoze your way through traffic in Subaru escorts. You were made a minister to serve the people, and must serve sports men and women,” said Ichung’wah.
The MP further said that Namwamba should appear before parliament, a position that Senator Cherargei supported.
Gladys Shollei on Ababu Namwamba
Meanwhile, Uasin Gishu woman representative and Deputy speaker of the National Assembly Gladys Shollei also criticized CS Namwamba saying Kenyan sports officials are living large at the expense of athletes.
“I am happy that this was raised. Coming from Uasin Gishu where most athletes come from it’s very painful, I listen to them. Every time they have landed, they have come to my home here in Kitusuru because the CS is not bothered,” she said.
Additionally, she also claimed that the Talanta Hela does not exist even after its launch.
“Seeing the management of sports at the moment is painful. As late as yesterday I looked for the Talanta Hela app [and] it doesn’t exist. They told us it was launched,” she added.
Moreover, Boss alleged that Kenyan sportsmen and women were wearing fake uniforms while representing the country in different competitions.
“The other day when our team went to Tunisia for the beach games, they were wearing fake sports uniforms, knockoffs from Rive Road.
If you look at the team that went to Trinidad and Tobago, they were also wearing fake uniforms. It just asks you, by the time a country reaches a point where our athletes are wearing fake uniforms there is really something wrong.”
The Uasin Gishu women representative further raised concerns on how many Kenyan athletes were banned for doping saying the number has rapidly increased.
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“The coaches who issue these drugs are known. Why is it that they have not been arrested? None of those young people know about doping they can hardly buy food or shoes so it’s usually the coaches or people around them providing these drugs lying to them that it is supplements,” she stated.