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Sports Bill; Namwamba’s priority

The newly appointed Youth Affairs and Sports minister Ababu Namwamba yesterday pledged his commitment to see the Sports Bill enacted before the current parliament session expires.

The Budalang’i Mp (pictured) said that it is not going to be honeymoon for the ministry in the remaining six months.

The new Sports Bill, which proposes the establishment of the Kenya Sports Development Authority to replace the Sports Stadia Management Board Order 2012 among other things, will be tabled in parliament Thursday next week.

The authority will seek to implement sports programs countrywide, establish and maintain a sports museum and facilitate the preparation and participation of Kenyan teams in various international events.

“We are hitting the ground running because the time we have is very short. It would be a wonderful moment in this country if this parliament ended its term with this Bill as a piece of legislation duly enacted and operational because it sets sports key targets,” said Mr Namwamba when officially taking over the Sports docket at Kencom House, Nairobi.

The outgoing minister Mr Paul Otuoma, who is now the local government minister, also urged Mr Namwamba to look into the causes of Kenya’s poor Olympics last month.

Mr Otuoma said that he was not satisfied with the report because it did not look into the core issues that must have led to Kenyan athletes’ poor performance.

He said that the new Bill provides an ideal legal framework to deal with sports issues.

“Most of us know what the problems are and we cannot pretend and that is why we need this framework so that it is clear to everybody the dos and don’ts and the consequences,” said Mr Otuoma.

He held that all public servants were accountable to the public and it did not give anyone any exclusive rights to do abuse office in whatever manner.

The minister said that the next Olympics were round the corner and if the Olympics Report was not keenly looked into and the real culprits brought to book, Kenya’s performance in the Olympics will continue to fluctuate.

“If you come and tell me that an athlete who earns more than Sh 100 million a year is demotivated by a Sh 1000 uniform kitty, you need to show me how that really demotivated the sponsor,” said Mr Otuoma.

Mr Namwamba thanked president Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga for giving him the opportunity to serve as a minister and wished the Kenya’s rugby team all the best in the ongoing Safaricom Sevens competitions

He also urged both Gor Mahia and FC Leopards fans to maintain peace in their tomorrows match.

“I want to wish the two teams all the best and really plead for a camaraderie and the highest possible spirit of sportsmanship so that they compete roho safi because sports is supposed to be a unifying factor,” said the new minister.



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