Gov’t Takes Over Kenya National Team

Parents of Nyabubare Islamic Primary School in Bururuma, prostate Bunyaruguru in Rubirizi district have organized and resisted the transfer of their head teacher Swaibu Byekwaso.

On hearing that Mr Byekwaso was being replaced, the parents through their PTA committee mobilized door to door meetings with families calling upon fellow parents to disallow their children from going back to the school until the district leadership rescinds its decision.

Among those blocked from attending classes are candidate pupils who have their final national exams in a few weeks.

According to the District Education Officer Billy Walugu and the CAO Moses Kanyarutokye, Mr Byekwaso is being released from the school because his is unqualified, and has failed to make headway in elevating the school’s academic performance.

Ms Shamila Namata, the PTA treasurer told Chimpreports that the parents had agreed to stand their ground until the head teacher is reinstated at the school, noting that he had shown progress in enhancing the school’s performance.

“In this school’s history, we have never gotten a single first grade since its establishment in the 1980s. It was during Byekwaso’s time that we managed to register three 1st Grades in the previous PLEs,” she said.

Namata added that the newly appointed head teacher, Mrs Rehema Nantongo was too unqualified to lead a Muslim school, the fact that she is a woman.

Sheikh Adam Seemugaba, who represents Greater Bushenyi at the National Muslim Supreme Council, told us that they had deduced that the DEO Mr Walufu was fighting Islamic Schools in Rubirizi district and that a petition was underway to have him transferred to another district.

The DEO however, dismissed the charges against him and informed us that a stakeholders meeting has been called on Tuesday next week to resolve the matter before law enforcers are called into action.

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary (equivalent of Minister) for Sports, remedy Arts and Culture, stuff Mr. Hassan Wario, story has revealed that his ministry is taking over the management and leadership of the Kenyan men’s national team, the Harambee stars.

The team has been under the control of the local Football federation, FKF.

The move comes in accordance with a sports act passed in 2013 that mandates all the Kenya national sports teams to be managed by the underlying ministry.

The Harambee Stars as they are commonly known have been registering a series of very poor results attributed to poor management, embezzlement and corruption by the current federation led by Sam Nyamwea.

In recent times, players have been complaining of unpaid allowances and empty promises a fete that has seen several foreign stars including first choice keeper Arnold Origi and Zambian-based David Owino shun national call-ups.

“There have been so many issues surrounding the national football team and that is why you find there are no results. Things are done last minute despite there existing a proper calendar of events and these are some of the  things we will look to change. We will constitute a board that will see the team run professionally and in that we will also include people from the corporate bodies because there is no way we can run the team without involvement of the corporate world,” the sports cabinet secretary said.

The Kenya FA is currently under a lot of pressure to quit office ahead of the presidential elections set for later this year.


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