Vihiga County gov’t sets aside Sh30 million for sports kitty
The County Government of Vihiga as set aside some Sh 30 million to jumpstart the county sports kitty.
County Executive for Sports Mrs Felistas Okumu Barasa says the amount might increase in the event County Revenue Allocation formula that is before the Senate increases the county’s allocation in this financial year.
The Sports Management Board(SMB), launched on Thursday, will operate under the armpits of the Vihiga County Sports Management 2019, and it will ensure that the County, under the legal framework, will not only sponsor sporting activities but also give the committee a go ahead to create more avenues of sponsoring teams.
Chief officers in charge of Finance Livingstone Imbayi and Philip Gavuna of Sports are included on the seven member Sports Board to help audit the County funding.
Mrs. Okumu says the department approached various sporting bodies within the county to give three names from which one from each category was chosen to sit on the Sports committee after vetting.
The board will serve on a three-year mandate which could be renewed based on performance.
This comes as various sports stakeholders urged the board to balance funding between football and other games like rugby, netball and volleyball.