By Ambunda Boscow
Since the inception of the devolved system of governance, County Governments have been grappling with skewed resource allocation from the exchequer making some of the projects started to stall.
The department of Sports is one of the devolved functions but many counties haven’t initiated any tangible project since they get low funding from the national government.
In Kakamega County, inadequate funding of the sports department has led to the projects that were initially started to stall.
In an exclusive interview with the County Guardian News, Kakamega County Youths, Sports and Culture Executive Committee Member (CEC), Robert Makhanu said they have not initiated major projects over lack of funds.
“The County Government has increased the budgetary allocation to the ministry in the 2018/19 fiscal year in a bid to ensure we start new projects that will see youths get jobs and subsequently earn a living,” said Mr Makhanu.
“The governor has assured us that in this fiscal year, he will ensure there is an increment of funding to the department as compared to the previous years. The governor himself is committed to grow the talent of youths through sporting activities in the county,” said the CEC
Adding “They will start football academies and talent centres in a bid to tap into a pool of talents the youths have. This will also improve their standards of living”
According to Makhanu, plans are at an advanced stage in fast-tracking partnership deals with various institutions of higher learning so as to ensure the needy but talented youths pursue courses of their own choice at the institutions.
He said the county government will cater for their tuition fees.
However, Mr Makhanu reiterated that Governor Oparanya’s football tournament will resume next year.
The Governor’s cup was only held for the first two years, when Oparanya was serving his first term in office at the helm of power.
“The Governor’s Cup was a viable project but due to inadequate funds collapsed along the way. We are in negotiations with various stakeholders to ensure the tournament resumes next year,” said Mr Makhanu.
He added that they will complete the remaining phase 2 and phase 3 of Bukhungu stadium to ensure it attains the international standards of football stadia as per FIFA regulations.
The Sports CEC said the stadia will be complete by 2021. “Apart from Bukhungu, the county will be erecting three other mini regional stadiums in the county. They include, Malinya, Lumakanda and Butere Stadiums.