By CG REPORTER
Busia new County Executive Committee Member for Culture and Sports Bernard Yaite has defended the move by Busia County to host the just ended Western Region Primary Schools Athletics Championship at Mumias Sports Complex instead of at Busia Stadium.
Social media in Busia was abuzz with news on why the County played hosts to the games in Mumias instead of at home and requested the CEC Member to come clear on the matter.
In a candid response on Matayos Reality WhatsApp Group on Thursday, Yaite said the scenario would have been more embarrassing had the games not been held in Mumias since they would have been cancelled altogether.
” The Busia Stadium is missing some facilities which made Athletics Kenya to switch the games at the eleventh hour. The athletics track has six lanes instead of eight. There is no water jump, essential barrier and steeplechase barriers.
I have just taken leadership of the department. Assess my performance from April 30th, 2018. I was in Mumias on Wednesday to give Team Busia moral support and to discuss with athletics officials on the standard requirements. This will inform my priorities as I begin work,” he said.
A nominated MCA Hazida Ali lauded the CEC Member for his bold move ” It takes a lot of courage for a public officer to respond to an issue on the social media. This is a good beginning.
Yaite exonerated his predecessors over failure to equip the stadium with athletics requirements as claimed by Duncan Kubasu ” The first team did their part and I appreciate since we are not beginning from the scratch. What we need to do is focus on what we can do in the short, medium and long term,” he said.
It was a rare gesture in Mumias when officials from Busia led by Secretary Lynn Odaba lauded Yaite saying he is the first County minister to attend their games since 2013