The Ministry of Sports has released new guidelines on payment of allowances to national team players. The ministry says it will ensure all athletes are paid before travelling, and facilitated early enough to concentrate fully on competing.
The new guidelines came out amid the hue and cry over a delay in releasing allowances to athletes who took part in the just-concluded African Games in Morocco.
It was therefore a positive move by the ministry, considering the numerous complaints over delayed allowances. However, it should not be all talk and no action.
Sports Principal Secretary Peter Kaberia must now ensure that the new guidelines are adhered to.
Over time, Kaberia’s office has been blamed for delaying the authorisation of payments to athletes through either neglect or red tape.
Last month, the national football team Harambee Stars took part in the Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) match against Tanzania without government funding. The national women's football team, Harambee Starlets, taking part in the Olympic qualifiers, have also been neglected, while a number of athletes are yet to be paid their allowances after the event in Morocco.
Perhaps Kaberia should start by ensuring the above teams and athletes are paid. Later this month, Kenya will take part in the World Athletics Championships in Qatar.