In Summary
  • Finally, Sir, through your CS at Treasury and Interior, kindly create an enabling environment that would allow the funding of sport to thrive.
  • I wish you well in your final term, and we all look forward to celebrating sporting gains in this period.
  • Kindly pass my regards to Her Excellency the First Lady and the First Family. Thank you sir.

Greetings, Your Excellency, and congratulations on your swearing in for a second term on Tuesday.

I wish to grab this early opportunity to wish you well in the gargantuan task that awaits you at State House, as you seek to sew together our tattered national fabric, unify a highly polarised populace and embark on knocking our stuttering economy firmly back into coherence.

Painfully navigating through social media, one endures the hatred Kenyans continue to spew out against one another, thanks to the endless, election-related political differences that split us right in the middle.

Our economy is on life support and it will take a herculean effort to get it out of the woods, but I’m confident you are equal to the task.

Thankfully, Your Excellency, the serial victories our sportsmen and women relentlessly conjure up on the international stage continue to unite a highly political nation.

This weekend, we will rally behind our gallant rugby team at the Dubai Sevens, and I’m sure, having been described as a “fleet-footed flanker” in your rugby-playing school days, you will take some time off to sample the tries and conversions from Dubai.

And this as the iconic Kenya Airways Safari Classic Rally continues to showcase the magical side of Kenya.

Ndugu Rais, as you begin your legacy term, sport is an area that will hold you in good stead as you fashion out your retirement plans.

It is one sector in which you can leave an indelible mark, by creating an environment that will help our talented youths thrive.

Reining in bad governance in sport should be at the back of your mind as you craft your Cabinet and appoint senior civil servants to drive your agenda through the next five years.

Your Excellency, you still owe us action against officials adversely mentioned by the committee that investigated management inefficiencies during Kenya’s participation in last year’s Rio Olympics.

In your New Year’s address to the nation, you promised action and even tasked the Director of Public Prosecutions to move with speed and fish out those culpable.

Move with speed the DPP did, but no sooner had he recommended prosecution than the files disappeared into the backburner.

Typically Kenyan fashion.

This hardly offers hope to our sportsmen and women who were denied suitable conditions to perform by these unscrupulous officials who continue to place self before country.

With no whip cracked, we are likely to witness bigger shame in five months’ time when our teams travel to Gold Coast, Australia, for the Commonwealth Games.

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