CS Ababu Namwamba held deliberations with the County Governments Representatives for Sports from all the 47 counties. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the Devolution Conference 2023 held in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County. Further, The representatives met ahead of the Talanta Hela Football Tournament set for launch this Friday.
Meanwhile, The meeting sought to provide an update on the County Governments’ preparedness for the tournament. Additionally, they had the opportunity exchange ideas on how the contest will run, and agree on the regional venues for the games.
CS Ababu, flanked by the Kenya Academy of Sports CEO Dr Doreen Odhiambo and Sports Kenya DG Pius Metto. Accordingly, he thanked them for their invaluable presence considering the hectic schedule brought about by the 10 years celebration of devolution in Kenya.
“Our goal is to ensure a seamless and memorable event that showcases our Country’s strengths and fosters camaraderie among participants and spectators. I am certain that we cannot fail to achieve this.” noted the Cabinet Secretary, Ababu Namwamba.
He assured the CECMs that his Ministry and the Government recognised the significance of working with the county government to foster sports in Kenya. “This is an Initiative that I want us to be part and parcel of until the last minute. I believe we can work and work well if we join hands to drive this project,” He added.
CS Ababu assured the CECMs that his ministry officials were under instruction to thwart any forms of mischief in the tournament. “Our officers have some firm instructions from the authorities to arrest any mischief related to Age and Nationality. This not only endangers our children but also greatly dents our Country’s reputation.”
He rallied the CECMs and County Sports officers to lead the process in their respective counties to ensure they delivered a memorable event.
“Through this tournament, we look forward to living the spirit of our #TalantaHela initiative to unleash the various diamonds from the roughs. We are going to be deliberate, intentional and structured in the manner we execute this, to ensure that we build careers and sustainable livelihoods through talents,” the CS noted.