The Jubilee’s administration’s numerous promises to Kenyan sportsmen and women are slowly turning into a mirage.
I hope the Kenyatta administration will prove me wrong by taking decisive action on the Rio thieves and crafting a sober administration of sport.
Happy New Year!
With the folks at Tononoka and other fireworks retailers gleefully counting their profits following the merry-making season, it’s time for a reality check as 2018 gets off the blocks.
Dissecting President Uhuru Kenyatta’s New Year’s address to Kenyans on Sunday evening, my heart continues to bleed for our sport.
Speaking at State House, Mombasa, some 365 days earlier as he ushered in 2017, the President had assured that he would act decisively to bring to book crooks who stole from Kenya’s 2016 Rio Olympic Games kitty.
“One pending matter from 2016 concerns the management of our team at the Rio Olympics. I have received the findings, which have two sets of recommendations. One is reform of Sport, including with criteria for team selection for major events,” the President told us.
“Secondly, the Director of Public Prosecutions is reviewing the file in order to decide whether evidence exists to take further action on the top leadership of the Sports ministry. We promised accountability and someone will be held to account,” he assured.
“What I have learned this year, ladies and gentlemen, is that there is no silver bullet for corruption. Efforts must be sustained and undertaken in multiple sectors and levels. Rooting out this crime will not come overnight, just as it did not rise overnight but has been with us for many years,” he continued.
“I have also learnt that progress is delayed when the fight against corruption is politicized and cynical lies and smears utilized for narrow political interests,” he added.
Sadly, a year later, the DPP seems to still be reviewing the files.
No one has been held to account and progress continues to be delayed as the fight against corruption has, indeed, been politicized, with the Kenyatta administration more eager to bag votes in 2017 than antagonize communities by prosecuting “one of their own” caught with hand in Rio till.
On Sunday, the Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces trained his 2018 sights on his administration’s “Big Four” legacy agenda that focuses on affordable housing, universal healthcare, increased jobs through industrialization and food security.
The closest he came to touching on sport was to urge Kenyans to emulate the global triumphs of our athletes.
“Make sure to remember that your fellow Kenyans in multiple fields, from athletics to entertainment and scholarship are world leaders.