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Kenya launches draft strategic plan
to enhance governance of sports

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s sport ministry on Tuesday launched the country’s draft strategic plan to enhance governance of sports organizations and promote sports in the country.

The Strategic Plan 2017-2018, which will cost 6 million U.S. dollars to implement, presents the key programs, projects and activities to be implemented and is a participatory process involving broad consultation with all stakeholders within the sporting fraternity in Kenya.

Speaking during the launch in Nairobi, Sports Registrar, Rose Wasike said the document emphasizes the commitment of the office of the Sports Registrar’s to the public sector reforms as a way of institutionalizing citizen-focused service delivery through the establishment of regional offices.

Before the Office of the Sports Registrar was established in 2015, registration of sports organizations was undertaken by the Registrar of Societies under an Act that could not effectively address issues affecting sports organizations.

“The Societies Act could not effectively address the issues affecting sports organizations leading to wrangles among sports officials, double registration, and backlog of court cases and sometimes suspensions of national sports entities by the international sports organizations,” Wasike noted.

The feuds by sports administrators threatened to cripple many sports organizations, with intense stand-offs that saw corporate groups pulling out of sponsorship arrangements during which time the industry lost millions of dollars.

The battles were mainly fought in the courts and the media, which left the main stakeholders who are players, suffering the consequences.

This impacted negatively on the growth of sports industry in the country and consequently the Ministry of Sports embarked on the enactment of the Sports Act, 2013 to streamline the management of sports organizations and professional bodies.

The registrar said for the strategic plan to be successfully implemented, there is need for intensive effort and support from all stakeholders.

Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts, Kirimi Kaberia, said Kenya’s performance in sports at the international scene is on the ascendancy and the strategic plan came at the right time.

“The objective is to improve service delivery to stakeholders in the industry. You have the experience, views and expertise in sports management and should be open, sincere and realistic in your discussions,” Kaberia said.

 

             

 

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