Uhuru defends decision to employ 91-year-old former vice president Moody Awori

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– The fomer vice president will be part of a seven-member team tasked with managing the sports fund

– The board will also seal loopholes for misappropriation of funds by federations President Uhuru Kenyatta has poured cold water on a section of Kenyans who took issue with the appointment of 91-year-old ex-vice president Moody Awori to the Sports, Arts and Social Development Fund board. While defending the contentious decision, Uhuru blasted youthful leaders for using positions to steal from the public coffers and indicated he would rather work with the old guard who can equally drive the government agenda.

Speaking during the commissioning of a KCB youth empowerment program on Thursday, December 6, in Nairobi, the president appeared adamant to revoke the Awori appointment despite public anger. “I saw I was being criticised yesterday for appointing a 91-year-old to look after the youth’s sports fund, if you were in my shoes what would you do when you see money being stolen left right and center? I rather stick with the old man so long as money is not misappropriated,” he said.

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Awori will be part of a seven-member team tasked with managing the sports fund besides sealing misappropriation of funds by federations which will be required to provide a full disclosure to the secretariat. The team will also monitor funds to avoid double payment from its kitty and international federations. The appointment of Awori to the board did not come without its fair share of criticism as a number of Kenyans felt he was past his capabilities of holding public office. Other board members include five principal secretaries from the Ministries of Education, Arts, Health, National Treasury and Sports as well as Athletics Kenya boss Jackson Tuwei.

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