Journalist Elias Makori Writes Open Letter to Margaret Kenyatta Over IAAF Mess

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has been told to leave President Uhuru Kenyatta’s...

The First Lady, who is also the patron of the IAAF World Under-18 Championships, was asked to intervene and reign in on state officials who have mismanaged the payments meant for teams that organized the 2017 sports extravaganza, hosted in Nairobi.

Nation Sports Editor Elias Makori used an open letter published by the Daily Nation to deliver the urgent message to the First Lady.

“I regret to inform you that your good deeds ­­— as patron of the IAAF World Under-18 Championships — are being compromised by incompetent state officials,”

“Your Excellency, even as you engage in crucial final weeks of Jubilee re-election campaigns, kindly spare some time and inject sobriety into the post-event management of the youth championships and ensure all suppliers and those demanding unsettled dues are paid,” part of Makori’s letter read.

Makori, who is the 2012 IAAF World Journalist of The Year, further revealed that senior government officials had failed to pay committee members who worked hard to organise the spectacular championship that was held at the Safaricom Kasarani Sports Stadium.

The teams that worked to ensure adequate provision of medical, transport, and communication services have also not been paid even though the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) will be disbanded at the end of the month.

Mrs Kenyatta and the late Internal Security Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery had played a critical part in the planning that led to the success of the historic sports event.


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