In Summary
  • However, despite these accolades, I regret to inform you that your good deeds ­­— as patron of the IAAF World Under-18 Championships — are being compromised by incompetent state officials that have mishandled patriotic men and women who burnt the midnight oil to make sure that the championships were a huge success.
  • Your Excellency, at this moment, committee members haven’t been paid outstanding allowances running over a period of several months.
  • Medics who were outstanding, along with transport, accommodation and communications teams, have made futile attempts to get their dues in a most unfortunate anti-climax to the brilliant week of competition we hosted.

Greetings Your Excellency Margaret Kenyatta.

I hope this finds you well and in good health.

Your Excellency, let me start by congratulating you for the support you have accorded sports in the first term of the Jubilee presidency.

That you selflessly broke barriers, trained for and competed in the London Marathon in April, 2014, is still quite vivid in our memories, a selfless gesture that benefited many Kenyans through your ‘Beyond Zero’ charity.

Thanks to ‘Beyond Zero’, maternal and child deaths have reduced considerably because of the mobile clinics you helped purchase for the 47 counties.

Let’s hope the county governments will invest in maintaining and staffing these mobile units because remote areas can now be reached by these clinics that will be one of your most visible legacies.

Your Excellency, you also personally drove preparations for the successful hosting of the final IAAF World Under-18 Championships in Nairobi in July, a competition which broke athletics world records in as far as stadium attendance is concerned.

Along with astute leadership by the late Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, you made things happen.

Medical, media, accommodation and security arrangements were world class, and I can vouch for this having also attended the senior IAAF World Championships in London in August, where media operations and hospitality were a few levels behind what we saw in Nairobi.

Olaf Brockman, an experienced journalist, who was in charge of press operations at the Nairobi competition on behalf of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), can verify this as he was also at the London championships.

“In Nairobi, they built a perfect press tribune,” Brockmann said in one of his reports to the IAAF.

“If Nairobi is awarded the (senior) World Championships, it will be a fantastic success for the media,” he added.

However, despite these accolades, I regret to inform you that your good deeds ­­— as patron of the IAAF World Under-18 Championships — are being compromised by incompetent state officials that have mishandled patriotic men and women who burnt the midnight oil to make sure that the championships were a huge success.

Your Excellency, at this moment, committee members haven’t been paid outstanding allowances running over a period of several months.

Medics who were outstanding, along with transport, accommodation and communications teams, have made futile attempts to get their dues in a most unfortunate anti-climax to the brilliant week of competition we hosted.

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