President Uhuru defends appointment of Moody Awori to the Sports Fund

President Uhuru defends appointment of Moody Awori to the Sports Fund

06 Dec 2018, 14:45

HE President Uhuru Kenyatta has defended the appointment of former Vice President Moody Awori as a member of the Sports Art and Social Development Fund Board. 

Awori recently turned 91 and the appointment has been met with a lot of criticism. Many feel the President should have appointed a younger person.

The President, however, says he made the decision to appoint Moody Awori as it is almost impossible to trust young people with such a docket due to the level of corruption and financial misappropriation witnessed in other government organs supposedly managed by young people.

"I am being criticised for appointing a 91-year-old... put yourself in my shoes. Tumeona vile watu wakipewa kazi hizo vile wanafanya. Afadhali niweke mzee anichungie hiyo pesa ... aaah mniwache bwana." 

(We have seen how people act when given these jobs. I would rather put an old man in charge to take care of the money. Leave me alone)

The president was speaking during a KCB meeting at Kasarani. 

Sports Fund 

The former Vice President was appointed to the post through a November 28 Gazette notice by Finance Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich. 

The board will also include five Principal Secretaries from the ministries of Education, Arts, Health, National Treasury and Sports.  It will manage the fund, prepare and submit quarterly reports to Rotich.

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