The Senate has called for an elaborate plan that will help in recognition and honoring of sports hero in the Country.
The upper house observed that dozens of sports men and women have continuously languished in poverty despite bringing too much pride to the nation during their hey days
This was said during the Senate session, when Minority Leader, James Orengo proposed Nyayo Stadium be renamed after the football legend, Joe Kadenge, who succumbed on Sunday after a long illness.
Orengo urgued thatretired President Daniel arap Moi, slogan has been overused in dozen institutions donning the country.
Orengo suggested that it was ill advised to name two main stadiums in Nairobi under the retired President Moi,Nyayo stadium and Moi International Stadium
Other leaders who joined in the motion were senators Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi), Moses Wetang’ula (Bungoma), George Khaniri (Vihiga), Gertrude Msuruve (nominated) and Mwinyi Haji Mohamed (Mombasa)
All agreed Joe Kadenge is a hero and should be celebrated immensely and to ensure he’s not cast away the Stadium should be renamed in his honor.
Khaniri, who brought the motion to the floor, painted a dreary picture of how Kadenge’s family lives and asked the senators to come up with a law to assist all national heroes in future.
Msuruve proposed a statue be sculptured in Vihiga County in Kadenge’s honor and his memorabilia be exhibited in the County Hall of fame to ensure future generations know who he was and creating a lasting legacy.
Msuruve said Conjestina Achieng, another boxing legend is currently languishing in poverty and seeking rehabilitation.
Conjestina was a star that once shone but dimmed,She dominated media spaces, with her promoters trying to slot in interviews and endorsements in her busy schedule for companies that fought to have her as a brand.
“For Kenya she was a star; an icon that had earned her position in history as a woman who dared get into a game dominated by men. But now, she’s just a forgotten icon,”Msuruve observed
“The Government should have sustainable form of appreciation for our heroes,sustainable measures to ensure sports icons are well compensated and their benefits spill over to their families,” she added
She also said, it’s unfortunate Kenyan heroes die a miserable death brought about by poverty.
“To avoid indulgence in alcohol and drug –abuse, the government should set-up sporting academies that will offer mentorship and counsel on financial literacy to aspiring athletes and high performing sports enthusiast and grow talent .As majority of them turn to substance abuse as solace for feeling forgotten. “Said Mwinyi
Funeral arrangements are underway for Kadenge, as a fund raiser will be held at Charter Hall next Tuesday followed by a requiem mass at Friends’ Church on Wednesday before the body is flown to Vihiga on Friday for his interment the following day.