President Uhuru Kenyatta has today given res why he appointed the 91-year-old former Vice president, Moody Awori, to the National Sports Fund. This comes after many Kenyans criticized the appointment of the aged former vice president when there are many jobless youths.
The president said his choice for Moody Awori is to ensure taxpayers’ money is not embezzled. “I Am being critisized that I am appointing a 91-year-old to look after the Youth Sports Fund. But put yourself in my shoes, ukiona vile watu wanaiba pesa… alafu tupatie kijana, mimi afadhali nikae na huyo mzee achunge hiyo pesa itumike vile inatakikana. (You see how (the younger appointees) are stealing money, then we give the job to a young person. It is better for me to stick with the old man who will guard the money and ensure it is used in the right way.),” the president said. The president said most of the younger appointees have a higher ‘apetite’ for wealth and thus will embezzle the funds.
The president was speaking when he commissioned the ‘KCB Tujiajiri Youth Empowerment program’ at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, today.
“Pesa ni yenu na ni ya afya, ya culture, ya art. sasa mnataka twende na tumeona vile watu wakipewa kazi kama hiyo vile wanaenda kufanya fanya, si afadhali tupatie huyo mzee hiyo pesa ndio iwarudie? Watu waniwache… mimi sitaki mambo mingi. (You have seen how people behave when they get such jobs, I would rather give the old man the job so that the money comes back to you. People should leave me alone!),” the President added.
Social media went ablaze yesterday after it emerged that ‘Uncle’ Moody was part of a seven-member oversight board which was gazetted by the Finance Cabinet Secretary, Henry Rotich, to manage the Fund. The new fund, formerly known as the National Sports Fund will be made up of five Principal Secretaries (PSs) from the Ministries of Health, Sports, Education, Arts, and the National Treasury.
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