Kenya Government will support sportsmen and women to buttress Coronavirus impact

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By Kenya Confidential Sports Desk, Nairobi – May 29, 2020

The government will cushion local sports folk from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic pledges Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina, following Nyamweya appeal

The The Ministry of Sports, Culture & Heritage Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has pledged financial backing for all sportsmen and women in the country to cushion them from adverse effects by the coronavirus.

The pledge was made a day after former Football Kenya Federation president Sam Nyamweya called on the government to come to the aid of football clubs and the sports fraternity with financial assistance.

Nyamweya, who has declared interest in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) presidency to streamline the sport run down by current leadership, holds the view that the only way to help the clubs cope with COVID-19 challenge, is for the government to come in and support them financially.

He added that direct support to the clubs will avoid further financial misappropriation and players neglect by the parent body Football Kenya Federation currently under investigations over allegations of millions of shillings in public funds that cannot be accounted for.

“I appeal to the Ministry of Sports to cushion the premier clubs financially by giving them grants from the Sports, Arts and Social Development Fund, as a stop-gap support,” Nyamweya told Kenya Confidential Sports Desk.

Nyamweya: Triggered Coronavirus support to sportsmen and women

The Coronvirus pandemic has wreaked havoc across the world and Kenya sports industry has not been spared. Several sporting activities have been suspended under a directive from the government to help combat the virus from spreading further.

The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) was originally suspended for 30 days but later sanctioned indefinitely while other sporting activities such as athletics, golf, to mention but a few, have also been called off until further notice.

Amina told Kenya Confidential the government is working out on ways to get money from the National Sports Funds so as to cushion the athletes pay bills as they are not involved in any action owing to the Coronavirus global attack.

Amina told Kenya Confidentiayesterday, “We are aware all the athletes in the country are currently suffering because of the stringent measures that have been put in place to help combat the virus and as the Ministry of Sports, we are working round the clock to come up with a way of getting them some money to keep them going.”

She added, “We are keen to draw the money from sports funds because we have enough money in the kit and it will be good it helps them, i know most of them are not doing what they love doing, playing but maybe soon things will come back to normal.”

“Most of these athletes,” she acknowledged, “have families and rents to pay and we must come out to support them at this time because they represent our flag very well outside the country. It is something my Ministry is working on and they should be patient because soon, we will have a way to pay them.”

Earlier in the week during an presidential address, President Uhuru Kenyatta brought joy to theKenyan entertainment industry with a directive to the Ministry of Sports, Culture, and Heritage to set aside Ksh100 million to cushion local artistes from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Uhuru said local artists will get Ksh100 million every month that will allow artists, actors, and musicians to continue entertaining the public through TV, radio and the internet.