WEZESHA KIRINYAGA

Don't fall for golfers hype

In Summary

• There are around 40 golf courses in Kenya, mostly dating back to the colonial period

• Governor Waiguru wants Kirinyaga to have its own golf course built on 250 acres of county land

Kirinyaga governor Ann Waiguru participates in a golf tournament on Saturday in Murang'a
Kirinyaga governor Ann Waiguru participates in a golf tournament on Saturday in Murang'a
Image: WANGECHI WANG'ONDU

If you speak to golfers, you would think that every important decision in business or politics is taken on the golf course. Other sportspeople don't talk like that. It's only golfers who are so self-important.

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru wants a golf course to be constructed by investors on 250 acres reclaimed by the county. At the weekend, Waiguru lamented at a county tournament in Murang'a that Kirinyaga did not have its own golf course

But who plays golf, apart from the governor herself?

There are about 40 golf courses in Kenya, mostly built by white settlers before Independence. Many courses have become decrepit and are only used by a few members. There are probably not more than 10,000 occasional golfers in Kenya.

Governor Waiguru has vigorously pursued local development through her Wezesha Kirinyaga campaign. She has helped local farmers with improved varieties, markets and factories. All highly commendable!

She should not get sidetracked by golf. She should stick with her projects that empower her constituents. It is not necessary to help the elite. If they think they can make money, they will come to Kirinyaga with or without the golf course.

Quote of the day: “Politics should be about politics, not tribal ties”

Musalia Mudavadi
The Kenyan politician was born on September 21, 1960