CS Ababu Namwamba has graced the 4th edition of County Assemblies Sports Association (CASA) games hosted in Nakuru County today.
The event was held at the Nakuru showgrounds. The extravaganza features the 47 counties pitting them against each other in diverse disciplines, including football, netball, and tug-of-war, among others.
Various County speakers and Sports County Executive Committee Members (CECM) lead their respective teams in the recreational and bonding journeys that William Ruto patronises.
Further, In his remarks, the CS stated the government’s position regarding fostering national unity through sports was concerned.
“Sports is one way of eliminating our tribal and political differences since we are to play as a united team,” he said.
“As we watch our stars, like Faith Kipyegon, break records, we all cheerfully and genuinely celebrate as Kenyans and as one people forget all our affiliations. That is what sports does,” he added.
He challenged the county representatives to continue their close work with the National government, calling them to focus on service delivery without unnecessary distractions.
“We are happy with the close-knit ties with all the 47 sports CECMs with whom we collaborate on the #TalantaHela Bottom-up U19 soccer tournament. I’m glad you’ve taken the responsibility to manage this space without distractions, jointly with the National Govt..”
On the same note, the CS Ababu Namwamba emphasized the need for Unity amongst members since it would guarantee them a formidable front as they table their agenda especially in the devolution conversation.
He pointed to the county governments’ critical role in executing various national agendas and programs, citing the #TalantHela Inter-county Soccer tournament as an example that needed multi-level collaborations.
“I am cognisant that we are assembling at a time that coincides with the celebration of 10 years of devolution, which imposes a great sense of pride, since we have had an opportunity to develop our nation equitably.
As far as county assemblies are concerned, the debate onwards should be about how we make devolution stronger, and the president is very clear that one way is to strengthen devolution,” the CS stated. He was commending the CASA’s overall organization and the display of Kenya’s diversity on the pitch.