Kakamega ready to host next year’s Inter County games, says Oparanya

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Some of the participants at the 2019 KICOSCA games
Some of the participants at the 2019 KICOSCA games

Council of Governors chairman Wycliffe Oparanya has urged the national assembly and the senate to to expedite on the issue on allocation of county funds to enable county governments to move on with their day to day businesses. His plea comes at a time when Counties are grappling with payment of County staff. He was speaking at the ongoing seventh edition of Kenya Inter County Sports and Cultural Association (KICOSCA) in Kericho.

Seventeen out of the 47 Counties have missed out on the games and the Kakamega Governor has cited the financial issues grappling the devolved units as the main reason. “This is a very important event to us as a devolution family as it provides a platform to engage constructively, exchange ideas and network,” Oparanya said.

Governor Oparanya added that the competitions foster national cohesion and integration as Counties celebrate cultural diversity across the country. The Governor announced that Kakamega County is ready to host the 2020 edition of KICOSCA and directed his CEC for Social Services, Youths, Sports & Culture, Hon. Robert Makhanu to officially launch the bid for the same through the national governing council.

Host Governor and incoming KICOSCA patron Prof. Paul Chepkwony welcomed the guests and participants to Kericho County and lauded the organizers for ensuring a successful event so far, with the games set to last for seven days. KICOSCA national chairperson Mr. Peter Ogaro said the yearly inter-county event promotes patriotism and gives participants a platform to showcase their talents in various disciplines. He announced that this year’s edition has expanded to include a special category of People With Disabilities.