The Government has officially seen off the Kenya Prisons Service Men’s Volleyball Team.
They’ll be taking part in the Africa Volleyball Championships in Cairo, Egypt. Speaking at Magereza House, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government, Dr. Fred Matiang’i, said it’s the Government’s duty to support the team, the sporting departments under the Ministry’s docket. “It is our responsibility to support you.
You are not asking us to go outside the call of duty. Do not feel shy because if I do not support you, I will have actually failed in my duty,” he assured the team.
To demonstrate this, the CS promised that, after consultations, his Ministry will double the sports budget. He also instructed the new Commissioner General of Prisons Mr. Wycliffe Ogalo to, from henceforth, plan an annual welfare day to bring together everyone from the Prisons Department so as to celebrate and reward those who have had outstanding achievements throughout the year and provide an opportunity for fundraising for the sports teams.
“This year, is when we shall have our inaugural annual welfare sports day,” the CS declared. Dr. Matiang’i also said that plans to construct a sports complex for the Prison’s Service are underway. “I am asking the Commissioner General that we should complete the design of the complex in Ruiru GK Prison because we have a lot of land there.
We should have completed the design by the end of the financial year. Once we have the budget, we shall start fundraising towards the project immediately.” Further, the CS promised to get more funds from the National Treasury. He said the proceeds from the Treasury will go towards supporting Kenya’s sportsmen and women.
He also said that he shall work closely with Ministry of Sports so as to build a thriving local sports culture. “This will enhance the opportunities we provide for sporting talent to flourish amongst Kenyans,” he said. The CS’s move to see off the Men’s Volleyball Team was a show of commitment and support towards the Correctional Services Department.
This is after the Ministry of Interior under the stewardship of CS Dr. Matiang’i, unveiled reform programs in the sector and flagged off 100 vehicles for use in the Prisons Service in 2018.
Also present at the event were the Principal Secretary, State Department for Correctional Services Zeinab Hussein, Commissioner General of Prisons Mr. Wycliffe Ogalo, Regional Commanders, team coach David Lung’aho and other officials drawn from the Prison Service.