Deputy President William Ruto on Tuesday 22 September 2020, promised sportsmen living with disabilities if they win medals in international sporting activities.
Speaking in his residence in Karen while hosting a group of persons living with disabilities, and a section of leaders at his residence in Karen, the DP apologized for how they had been treated by the government.
“Sportsmen and women with disabilities are facing numerous challenges; they have slept on the road and airports. Let me take his opportunity on behalf of the government to apologize.”
“Every sportsman participating in international sports will be getting Ksh. 1 million for every gold won. Those who win silver will get Ksh. 500,000 while those who get bronze will get Ksh. 250,000,” he promised.
The DP asked all sportspersons to receive equal treatment despite their abilities. He disclosed that the government was looking for a way it could improve how athletes with disabilities will be treated whenever they travel to represent the country.
William Ruto’s promise comes after the Kenya Amputee Football team was reportedly treated unfairly by the government.
The team matched to the Sports Ministry’s Kencom House headquarters so as to be heard.
This was after the team spent 18 hours at the Frankfurt Airport without a meal as they journeyed back home from Guadalajara, Mexico after taking part in the Amputee World Cup.
The DP also urged the government to look into giving tenders to people living with disabilities based on their physical abilities.
“We should not award them light tenders on the basis of their physical ability. If they can deliver on road construction and other heavy projects, let them be given the chance, and no doubt, they will deliver,” Ruto added.
Two months ago, during the late legendary athlete Ben Jipcho’s funeral at his home in Trans Nzoia County for neglecting the county’s sportsmen.
The woman who is a retired athlete stated that government officials are always fast to increase their salaries but forget about the athletes.
She demanded that the Heros and Heroines Committee needs to be implemented so that they could get their pension and medical cover.