Kenya's new sports minister vows to uproot cartels

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's newly appointed Sports and Heritage minister Echesa Mohammed on Tuesday promised to lift the standard of sports in the country while uprooting cartels.

Mohammed, a former boxer at Kenya Prisons Service, made the remark as he officially took charge of the ministry in Nairobi and pledged that he would utilize the unique skills of Kenyan sportsmen and women to upscale sports activities in the country, with zero tolerance for cartels in the sector.

“It has come to my attention we have this issue of cartels and I have come to realize that the cartels are the main disease that ails this ministry. I want to put on notice the cartels and more so the public officers who work under my ministry,” warned Echesa, taking over from Dr Hassan Wario, who has been named Kenya's Ambassador to Austria.

Cartels in the sports sector came to the fore during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, which the Kenyan media branded 'Rio Fiasco.'

Joyriders, among them sports ministry officials who had no role in Rio, travelled to the Brazilian city for the games at the taxpayers expense.

Upon returning home, then sports minister Hassan Wario, disbanded the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) whose officials, among them Secretary-General F.K. Paul and vice chairman Paul Ochieng, were arrested and charged in Nairobi with fraud and theft. The matter is still in court.

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20 فبراير 2018 14:20:22

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