Rampant corruption in sports ministry, with the current Kshs 1.7 billion missing after Kenya ‘successfully’ hosting world Under 18 championships in Nairobi.
Former National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) chairman Kipchoge Keino has accused corrupt individuals for killing sports and sports infrastructure development in the country.
Keino said that if the country has to improve in sports, corruption has to come to an end.
“We have a lot of materials in this country to develop sports but we need to develop infrastructure for our youths to enjoy sports right from the school at a tender age but corruption has been cited as the biggest impediment to such development,” said the
With two stadia named after him-Kip Keino stadium in Kapsabet, Nandi County and Kipchoge Keino stadium in Eldoret- Keino said the money given to develop the two facilities was pocketed with some corrupt individuals who wants to ‘eat’ everything.
“In Kapsabet, for example I talked to International Olympics Committee (IOC) promised to donate Kshs 50 million but when I went to talk to the people, they responded positively to the development. Along the course, someone asked me to give them Kshs 20 or Kshs 10 million. I had to keep off the topic because ‘mine name is more important than the money you want. If you want money to pocket, no if you want us to develop these facilities yes,” added the two time Olympic Games gold medalist.
He recounts that even IOC is still asking him about ten acres in Kapsabet to develop sports infrastructure.
“Look at Kipchoge stadium in Eldoret, they say they consumed Kshs 500 million, do you see what that amount did? I went to former President Mwai Kibabki who gave me kshs 500,000 million plus my foundation contributed some money towards the facility development but all went into private pockets. We need to clean in this country to be free of corrupt individuals. They are killing not only sports but other companies in this country. We need to do something. We need to change the attitude. We came to this world with nothing and we will leave with nothing,” refuted Keino.
“As young people, you need to be fit by going to the gym, playing golf, tennis and you take a child to play such sports and tomorrow, they are minting millions of shillings,” concluded Keino.