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December 10, 2018

'Leave me alone', Uhuru tells critics of Moody Awori hiring at Sports Fund board

President Uhuru Kenyatta with former Vice President Moody Awori during the National Prayer Breakfast at Safari Park, May 2015. /FILE
President Uhuru Kenyatta with former Vice President Moody Awori during the National Prayer Breakfast at Safari Park, May 2015. /FILE

President Uhuru Kenyatta has defended former Vice President Moody Awori's appointment as a member of the Sports, Art and Social Development Fund board.

Kenyans questioned the appointment asking why Awori, who turned 91 on Wednesday, had to be seconded to the board instead of young people.

Read: Kenyans question appointment of Moody Awori, 91, to Sports Fund Board

But speaking during a KCB meeting on Thursday, Uhuru said Awori will ensure that money is not stolen at the Sports Fund board.

"I am being criticised for appointing a 91-year-old... put yourself in my shoes. Tumeona vile watu wakipewa kazi hizo vile wanafanya. Afadhali niweke mzee anichungie hiyo pesa...aaah mniwache bwana." 

(We have seen how people act when given these jobs....I'd rather put an old man in charge to take care of the money...leave me alone)

Awori was appointed to the post through a November 28 Gazette notice by Finance CS Henry Rotich. 

The board will also comprise five Principal Secretaries from the ministries of Education, Arts, Health, National Treasury and Sports.

Awori was named alongside Athletics Kenya boss Jackson Tuwei. The board is expected to manage the fund, prepare and submit quarterly reports to Rotich.

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