I want to take this early opportunity to welcome the nomination of Rashid Achesa as Cabinet Secretary for Sports.

I hope his arrival comes with a bag full of goodies for sportsmen and women. I must confess I don’t know Achesa personally, but I’m told he was at one point involved in sports and I assume he is a sports lover.

A story is told of how he rose from a novice boxer to a national champion.

This is a good start for us because I believe he is already aware of what sportsmen and women go through in this country.


I am also told he is a lover of athletics and that subject is very close to my heart. Like any other Kenyan, I have expectations and I want to assume he will live up to the billing.

The minister is coming in at a time when sports facilities are such a big debate.

He is coming in at a time when the country has just lost the opportunity to host the Africa Nations Championship (Chan) and expectations are that he will clean up the mess.

But as I always say, It is one step at a time and the new minister will have to choose his priorities right if he is to revive the glory of the sports docket.

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