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PS Kaberia assures control of Sports Fund

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Sports Principal Secretary Ambassador Peter Kaberia. 2017.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULU

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 1 – Sports Principal Secretary Kirimi Kaberia has stated that there is no conflict between his ministry and National Treasury over the control of the 12 billion National Sports Fund.

Kaberia told the National Assembly Sports Committee on Thursday that under the revised regulation the sports docket will retain the lion share of the fund while the health, education and environment departments will share 40pc of the kitty collected from taxes levied on betting winnings and mobile transfer.

The PS said the Sport ministry will be the administrator to the funds.

National Treasury was forced to go back to the drawing board after the National Assembly shot down its attempt to wrestle the fund from the ministry of sports.

Athletics Kenya boss Lt. Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei addressing the press at the AK Headquarters on August 27, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

Athletics Kenya President, Lt. Gen (Rtd) Jack Tuwei says that their calendar of events for the next season are likely to be affected if the disbursement of allocations from the National Sports Funds is delayed further.

Tuwei was accompanying the Sports PS to the House Sports Committee where he also noted some doping related activities have been affected.

Kaberia had earlier told the MPs that they are currently facing a challenge in funding the National Rugby team activities.

The Kenya Simbas that travelled to Marseille, France earlier this week ahead of the 2019 Rugby repechage, struggled financially leading the Kenya Rugby Union appeal for funds from the public.

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has promised to reward the Kenya Amputee football team Sh2mn if they win World Cup. Photo/COURTESY

Meanwhile, Kaberia has dismissed claims that the ministry was responsible for issuing official kit to the Kenya national football amputee team that is in Mexico for the World Cup.

Kaberia said the team told the ministry that they had everything catered for except for airfare which the ministry catered for it.

There has been outrage after the team which is expected to meet Russia in the quarter-finals were seen playing in yellow jerseys bearing branding of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.

MPs Dhanita Ghati and Korei Lemein said the team is being discriminated due to their disability.

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