Why I want CS Wario sacked: Kaluma



The dwindling sports fortunes in the country coupled with poor results, mismanagement and recent poor handling of Team Kenya representing the country in Rio de Janerio Olympics may cost sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario his job.

A petition has already been filed in Parliament by Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma seeking the censure of the sports and culture Cabinet Secretary for gross violation of Article 73 of the Constitution, the Leadership and Integrity Act and section 8 of the Public Officers Act.

In the petition, Kaluma argues that Wario has perpetuated mismanagement of sports at the Ministry and has brought shame and dishonour to the nation as demonstrated in the fiasco at the ongoing Olympic Games in Brazil.

“The Cabinet Secretary through acts of omission or commission has exhibited gross violation of Article 73 of the Constitution, the Leadership and Integrity and Act and section 8 of the Public Officers Ethics Act.

Concerned that the continued mismanagement at the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts has brought shame and dishonor to the nation as demonstrated in the current fiasco at the country’s Olympics camp in Rio de Janeiro and the debacle that culminated in the passage of the Anti-Doping Laws, this house resolves that in accordance with the provisions of article 152 of the Constitution, the President should dismiss Hassan Wario from the position of the Cabinet Secretary for gross misconduct and violation of the constitution,” reads the petition by Kaluma.

In an interview with the XNews, Kaluma said the country has suffered a lot of shame under the leadership of Wario and President Uhuru Kenyatta should relieve him of his duty immediately.

“All sectors in sports from our football teams, volleyball and now the athletics team have been registering very bad performance since Wario took over the mantle at the sports ministry, we can’t continue this way, we must restore our glory and pride as far as sports is concerned,” Kaluma said.

“We read just the other day that even training kits of the athletes are being sold, we witnessed travel fracas of our athletes, surely things cannot continue like this,” Kaluma added.

State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu on Sunday said the government is waiting for a brief of the exact scenario at the Rio de Janeiro.

“We would like our athletes to focus on what is at stake in Rio and secondly, we would like our officials to know why they are in Rio. They are there to ensure they perform,” he stated. “We do have government officials down there and we are waiting for their reports.”

“The President will be interested to know specifically what shenanigans have been going on and if that has undermined the Kenyan athletes. Obviously, everything has to have consequences,” he warned.

Kaluma said Wario has nothing to show since he took over at the sports ministry. “It seems to me that the money given to the ministry doesn’t end up in the right places,”

The legislator said he will wind up collection of signatures today and present the petition to the office of the speaker so that it can be allocated day of debate.

Standing order 66 requires that a motion seeking removal of a Cabinet Secretary to be supported by at least one quarter of the all Mps by appending their signature.

He said he will talk to Mps from both political divide to support the petition.

“I will talk to the MPs to put party issues a side and help this country,” Kaluma said.


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