CS nominee for Youth Affairs, Sports and Arts Ababu Namwamba has promised to work diligently to bring Kenyan football back to international standards.
Ababu was speaking during vetting by the National Assembly Committee on Appointments today, saying his first to-do would be to ensure FIFA lifts the ban on Kenya that was imposed in February.
Kenya was suspended by FIFA after CS Amina Mohamed disbanded the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) on November 20, 2021.
“Should I be confirmed, I am determined to move with haste to start cleaning up this mess, starting with the FIFA ban. My first day in, I’ll be on the phone with the FIFA president to lift the ban on the Football Kenya Federation,” he said.
The CS nominee also promised to find ways to deal with the issue of doping affecting the performance of athletes.
“We have rogue agents and I have reason to believe they may be part of a syndicate drawing our athletes into these doping cases,” he said.
The appointed CS also explained what he will do about the issue of stalled stadia: “There is no value for money in these projects. We are still building these stadia in the old mould. One of the things we need to do is revisit the designs of the stadia to ensure they are centres of excellence, so that there are activities going on at all time.”
Mr. Namwamba told the parliamentary committee that he is worth Sh425 million shillings, comprised of a home in Nairobi and Busia, a business, shares in Safaricom, Kenya Power and Cooperative Bank, pension income, two vehicles and two boats.
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