NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s sport ministry on Tuesday launched the country’s draft
strategic plan to enhance governance of sports organizations and
promote sports in the country.
The Strategic Plan 2017-2018, which will cost 6 million U.S. dollars
to implement, presents the key programs, projects and activities to
be implemented and is a participatory process involving broad
consultation with all stakeholders within the sporting fraternity in
Speaking during the launch in Nairobi, Sports Registrar, Rose Wasike
said the document emphasizes the commitment of the office of the
Sports Registrar’s to the public sector reforms as a way of
institutionalizing citizen-focused service delivery through the
establishment of regional offices.
Before the Office of the Sports Registrar was established in 2015,
registration of sports organizations was undertaken by the Registrar
of Societies under an Act that could not effectively address issues
affecting sports organizations.
“The Societies Act could not effectively address the issues
affecting sports organizations leading to wrangles among sports
officials, double registration, and backlog of court cases and
sometimes suspensions of national sports entities by the
international sports organizations,” Wasike noted.
The feuds by sports administrators threatened to cripple many sports
organizations, with intense stand-offs that saw corporate groups
pulling out of sponsorship arrangements during which time the
industry lost millions of dollars.
The battles were mainly fought in the courts and the media, which
left the main stakeholders who are players, suffering the
This impacted negatively on the growth of sports industry in the
country and consequently the Ministry of Sports embarked on the
enactment of the Sports Act, 2013 to streamline the management of
sports organizations and professional bodies.
The registrar said for the strategic plan to be successfully
implemented, there is need for intensive effort and support from all
Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts,
Kirimi Kaberia, said Kenya’s performance in sports at the
international scene is on the ascendancy and the strategic plan came
at the right time.
“The objective is to improve service delivery to stakeholders in the
industry. You have the experience, views and expertise in sports
management and should be open, sincere and realistic in your
discussions,” Kaberia said.