President Uhuru Kenyatta’s promise to invest in the country’s sports industry has been received with criticism as Kenyans took to social media to protest against his “empty promises”.
Speaking on Friday during the flagging off ceremony of the Kenya National Motocross Team, the Head of State exuded confidence that the government would support all sports disciplines in order to grow the diverse talents of the Kenyan youth.
Uhuru claimed that no sport will be left out of the government sponsorship programme for national teams representing the country in international competitions.
“Every single sports association in Kenya will be supported by the government. If we have talent outside there, it is our responsibility to nurture and grow it,” the President said.
However, to many Kenyans, Uhuru’s promise is like an old song. A section argued that very little had been done to improve the sports sections despite repeated promises to revamp sports in the country.
Uhuru and his deputy, William Ruto, promised Kenyans that they would build five international stadiums in Kisumu, Nairobi, Mombasa, Eldoret and Nakuru within their first term in office, in a bid to improve sporting activities in the country. However, none of the promises has been fulfilled.
Here are some of the reactions;
Waiting for money to start circulating at the village level…The village economy is suffocating…A talent called farming is dying …@StateHouseKenya
— Mwalimu_Eston (@EstonMwalimu) August 23, 2019
When after the next general elections or 3050??
— oska (@oska127) August 23, 2019
1,000,000,000,354,789nth time we have heard that.
— FLokI (@Kipkemboi_Ted) August 23, 2019
LOL… It feels like we’ve heard those statements many times before…
— Maina Kamau (@MaishKama) August 23, 2019