How Sports ministry spent Sh4.4b in the last 12 months

Monday, November 1st, 2021 00:00 |
Sports CS Amina Mohamed and Sports Principal Secretary Joe Okudo. Photo/PD/David Ndolo

The Ministry of Sports has spent roughly Sh2.3 billion on rehabilitation of 10 stadiums in the last 12 months.

According to the Sports, Arts and Social Development Funds (SASDF) report for the financial year 2020 to 2021, Kipchoge Keino stadium was allocated Sh627 million for the construction of two phases, while Kinoru stadium received Sh559m as Ruringu got Sh223m and Wote Stadium received Sh197.4m.

The report says Chuka Stadium was allocated Sh114m, while Marsabit was allocated Sh169m and Kamariny stadium received Sh228 million. None of the projects have been completed.

Revelations come on the backdrop of a ban on Kasarani and Nyayo stadium on Friday by world football governing body Fifa, meaning that Kenya currently cannot host any international match in the country since there is no facility that meets the Fifa standards.

In the report, fringe federations like Judo and Tong-Il Moo-Do were some of the biggest beneficiaries.

Little known martial arts association Kenya Tong-Il Moo-Do, was allocated a whooping Sh80 million as of April 1, 2021 where the SASDF disbursed Sh4.3 billion for that duration.

 Tong-Il Moo-Do Federation was given Sh80 million for the Mombasa Open Tong-IL Moo-Do international martial arts championship that happened in December 2020.

“I can confirm we received the money that helped us stage a very successful championship that brought together 11 countries.

We have been receiving support from the ministry since 2009 and it has helped the country rise to be ranked second in the world in Tong-IL Moo-Do,” said the federation chairman Clarence Mwakio.

Closely followed in that list is the judo federation that had slightly over Sh73 million disbursed to them for that period. Funds the body says were allocated for junior and senior championship Sh17.6 million, Olympic qualifiers (Sh21.9 million), judo championships (Sh8 million) while another Sh26 million simply reads Judo federation.

 This is a huge disparity in allocation given that more supported federations and with huge following like athletics, football, volleyball and rugby received collectively less than the two.

 SASDF documents revealed that Football Kenya Federation FKF received Sh66 million in that period, funds that were used in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers match where Harambee Stars played against Comoros home and away as well as home to Egypt and away to Togo.

 Athletics Kenya received Sh3.8 million that was used to prepare the team for the 2020 World Athletics Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland on October 17, 2020.

 According to SASDF’s chief executive officer Mark Wambugu the organisation also spent Sh10 million for inscriptions at the historical Thimlich Ohinga archaeological site in Migori.

 Since the creation of SASDF in February last year with the purpose of raising revenue from betting companies, it has so far received Sh10 billion which is supposed to fund sports, arts and social development.

 The money is distributed under three categories namely Social Development (60 percent), Promotion and Development of Sports (35 percent) and Promotion and Development of Arts (five percent).

  Kenya basketball federation received Sh17.8 million, Kenya Paralympics was allocated Sh31 million, Badminton Kenya Sh9 million, weightlifting federation Sh7.7 million, boxing federation Sh11 million, Kenya cycling federation Sh10 million, Kenya shooting federation Sh5.4 million  and Kenyan Hockey Union Sh3.2 million.

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