DP Ruto lauds community sport clubs, assures them support
Community clubs can now breathe a sigh of relief after Deputy President William Ruto assured them of a 30 per cent funding from revenue collected from betting firms.
This will translate to Sh12 billion a year pumped into sports activities such as athletics, football among other sports activities. The DP noted that teams from slums with special projects will be considered including those representing the country in international competitions as a way of motivating them.
“Kenya is a great sporting nation. I come from a home of Champions in Eldoret. As Government, we have decided that the money collected from betting firms, 30 percent of it will go towards developing sports,” Ruto said.
He made the remarks when he led the sporting fraternity in fundraising for newly promoted Nationwide Super League (NSL) team, Shabana, at the Crown Plaza Hotel amid thunderous cheers. A whooping Sh10 million was raised with President Uhuru Kenyatta contributing Sh1 million whereas Ruto handed Sh2 million.
Kisii Country government through the Deputy Governor Joash Maangi gave out Sh5 million. Other donors included Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka, Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, and Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko who gave out Sh200,000 each. Prominent Citizen TV anchor Lillian Muli gave Sh150,000.
Dagoretti North legislator Simba Arati, nominated Senator Millicent Omanga, Prof.Sigor,Sam Nyamweya, Sofapaka President Elly Kalekwa,Allan Kasavuli, Dr. Manduku, Lawyer Mohammed Nyaoga, Paul Kobia and FKF President Nick Mwendwa each contributed Sh100, 000. Legislator Chris Obure gave out Sh80,000.
Kisii activist Don Bosco, Prof. Sam Ongeri and Ezekiel Machoge contributed Sh50, 000 each. Club Patron Jared Nivaton and club Chairman Paul Mayieko thanked the Deputy President and well-wishers for turning up in large numbers to bail the club from its financial woes.
Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi said that the club has a huge following adding that his main wish is to see the club join fellow community clubs such as Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards in the top flight Kenya Premier League in the next season.