NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s new sports cabinet secretary
Rashid Achesa has warned it will not be business as
usual for cartels that bedevil the industry.
replaced Hassan Wario, who was handed a diplomatic job
as Kenya’s ambassador to Austria, and will have his
in-tray full starting with the Commonwealth Games in
Gold Coast, where he will lead the country’s delegation,
eyeing to improve on their last haul of 25-10 gold, 10
silver and five bronze medals.
joy that I take over this position. I want to let the
cartels in this industry to know that I am after them.
This is an official notice. Any cartels that are
involved in sport and any official implicated in
unscrupulous deals should start praying that I don’t
catch up with them,” Achesa said Tuesday in Nairobi.
Cabinet Secretary Wario has his tenure tainted with lack
of stewardship especially at the Rio Olympics, where
Kenya athletes were involved in scandal that saw many
miss accommodation and competition kits despite this
having been factored in the budget.
promised better times for sports in the country, saying
as a former boxer, the welfare of sportspeople was
important to him.
no longer a pass time, but a thriving industry that can
be a source of livelihood to many,” he added.
given thumbs down sign over his appointment owing to his
limited education, but Achesa will have the time to
prove them wrong.
challenge to him to find a lasting solution to convince
more sponsors to put their money in the industry,
especially after the government increased tax to 35 per
cent to all proceeds from betting companies, which
prompted betting giant firm SportsPesa to terminate its
contract with Rugby Sevens, Harambee Stars and several
moment, the government has taken over the role of
funding this clubs and national team.