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Kamanda happy with AK’s Sh6m museum


SPORTS minister Maina Kamanda has underscored the need of upholding her­itage to honour and recognise sportsmen and women who have brought pride to the country.

Kamanda said the gov­ernment felt privileged to re­mu­nerate sports people who have ex­celled hence the decision of a deliberate policy on a re­mu­neration scheme that has re­sulted into usage of more than Sh 40 million to reward medal winning athletes.

The good news came while Min­is­ter of State for National Heritage Suleiman Shakombo, who also graced the occasion, said the gov­ernment had set aside Sh58 million for con­struction of a museum in Nandi dis­trict in hon­our of legendary Nandi freedom fighter Koitalel Arap Samoei.

Kamanda called on the sports asso­ciations to embrace her­itage while offi­cially opening the Sh6 million worth Athletics Kenya (AK) mu­seum at Riadha House in Nairobi.

The minister hailed AK for the no­ble project and called on the other asso­ciations to follow suit for the sake of appreciating the efforts of our sportsmen who have brought fame to the coun­try in­ter­na­tionally.

He pledged government support to whichever asso­ciation ventured into such a noble course, saying it was an in­spi­ration to aspiring youth who would wish to take part in sports in future.

Kamanda commended AK for it’s vision and sound policies in financial management, adding that the gov­ernment was glad of it’s achievement of being the only association in the coun­try to moot and eventually implement the idea of constructing a museum.

AK chairman Isaiah Kiplagat said the museum is open to the public who will pay a certain fee to watch the ar­te­facts of some of Ken­ya’s greatest ath­letes since the association was mooted in early 50’s.

He hinted that plans are afoot to have walls and the surrounding areas of Riadha House be draped in statutes of some of the athletes who have brought fame and pride tom the country.

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