March 19, 2019

Kenyan legislators at Gold Coast abdicate responsibility, busy ‘spoiling’ themselves

Kenya’s High Commissioner to Australia and New Zealand Isaiah Kabira (standing) addresses journalists covering the Commonwealth Games on April 7. []

A section of Kenyan legislators who have been in Gold Coast, Australia, ostensibly for the Commonwealth Games are likely to wade in controversy.

The lawmakers are a dozen drawn from both the National Assembly and the Senate. Sports CS Rashid Achesa and his PS Kirimi Kaberia are leading the Kenyan delegation.

Reportedly though, the lawmakers whose focus at the Games should be to cheer Kenyan athletics team and identify the loopholes in Kenya’s Sports Ministry; they are busy engaging in shopping and drinking sprees.

According to Nation Media Group’s Sports Editor Elias Makori who has been in Gold Cast since the start of the games, he told NTV’s Top Sport show yesterday that the legislators have not showed any interest in the games.

“I emphasize that some of them are just here to benchmark on how much shopping they can do here. They are really doing nothing. Just shopping and going out for a few drinks,” Makori observed.

Makori, in his Notebook column on Daily Nation wrote early this week wrote: “They (Kenyan MPs) were to visit all venues, cheer all the athletes’ and also visit all the Sports officials in Gold Coast, ready to implement various sports development programmes, including construction of modern stadium in their counties.

“They were also seeking funding from the Australian Government to develop Kenyan sport, Well, the only worry is they haven’t done any of the above,” he wrote in the column.

He said the Webuye West MP Dan Wanyama, a former international volleyball player was exceptional as he showed interest in how to strengthen Kenyan Sports Ministry.

The games come to an end on Sunday with Kenya boasting of 17 medals- 4 gold, 7 silver, 6 bronze.



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