Kenya: CS Namwamba to Face MPs Over Mismanagement of Athletes Welfare

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Nairobi — Sports and Youth Affairs Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba will Wednesday afternoon appear before the National Assembly to answer concerns of negligence in the Ministry.

Namwamba has been on the spot following details that the welfare of the Kenyan team that participated in the Special Olympics held in Berlin, Germany, in June 2023 was mismanaged.

MPs have pointed an accusing finger at Namwamba over some members complained about the reception of the 25 athletes when they jetted back to the country after the Special Olympics games held from 15 to 25 June.

Last week, National Assembly Kimani Ichungwa as he pushed for the Sports Cabinet Secretary to appear before the MPs said it was unfortunate that sportsmen and women who have well represented the nation were being treated poorly.

“You are not made a Cabinet Secretary to fly flags on the streets, push and bulldoze your way through traffic with Subaru escorts. You are a Cabinet Secretary to serve the people. If you were made the Cabinet Secretary in charge of Sports, you must serve sportsmen and women of this country, our best ambassadors,” said Ichungwa.

Webuye West MP Daniel Wanyama who chairs the Sports Committee questioned why Namwamba failed to welcome the 25 athletes at the airport after they participated in the Special Olympics.

“We will summon the Cabinet Secretary and the Principal Secretary to appear before the Committee. He will explain, in writing, why he was not in a position to receive these athletes who have given us a good name in the world,” said Wanyama.