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November 16, 2018

Echesa on fire:Sports CS threatens to take stern action against corrupt federations

Secretary, Rashid Echesa
Secretary, Rashid Echesa
The government will not hesitate to take stern action against sports officials and teams who mismanage funds when they travel overseas to represent the country.
While speaking during the opening of the Ministry of Sports retreat at Aberdare Country Club in Nyeri, Sports Cabinet Secretary, Rashid Echesa said mismanagement of funds and lack of accountability will not be tolerated. The CS gave an example of a judo team who were stranded in Bujumbura recently despite receiving Sh5 million funding from the ministry.
“It was a shocking occurrence when we received a call from the Kenyan Embassy in Bujumbura informing us that the judo team is stranded yet we had advanced them Sh5 million in line with their budget,” said Echesa. Echesa warned it will no longer be business as usual and they will not continue sweeping things under the carpet.
“Many federations keep complaining about weight of under funding but again as a ministry, we can’t continue giving funds if you can’t account for it,” he added
The minister at the same time called for a change of culture premised on transparency and accountability, If the sports sector in Kenya is to get to the next level.
“Some teams misuse the funds allocated for their trips and end up complaining while out of the country. This has to stop forthwith,” he warned.
“The sports sector in the country is currently under the threat due to lack of transparency amongst officials and bad governance.
“Such infamous trends have since culminated into wrangling, poor planning and mismanagement and eventually the corporate world shying away,’ said the minister.
“I truly hope that the recommendations and resolutions of this workshop will be implemented. I was very clear from the word go when I took over, that it will no longer be business as usual. For us to achieve our goals, we must work as a team,” said the minister.
Sports PS Ambassador Karimi Kaberia said federations have to be brutally honest, adding that the essence of good governance is about making the right choices and working hard to streamline their systems. The PS called on national associations to be credible and create avenues for funding in their bid to become independent.
The workshop under the banner “Transforming the sporting sector to be the backbone of Kenya’s Economy” also highlighted issues which ail the industry including automating our procedures and repackaging the sports sector to attract corporate funding. The workshop which ends on Friday, is anticipated to come up with several recommendations to bolster the sporting industry.
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