Ababu Namwamba pledges to deal with rot in Sports Ministry

He said he will make sure that cases such as athletes arriving late for World Championships and sleeping on airport floors due to mismanagement of resources will not play out under his tenure.

"We cannot continue running Sports and the Arts as a sideshow. It must be turned into an industry because you can fully live from it and also be a huge contribution to our GDP," said Namwamba.

The nominee on Friday also placed his net worth at Sh425 million, which he said he acquired through salary, two residences in Nairobi and Busia counties, company shares in Safaricom, Cooperative Bank, and the Kenya Power, pension, two motor vehicles- a range rover and a jeep wrangler, and two water vessels.

Namwamba is also a former Member of Parliament for Budalangi Constituency, having served for two terms.

He was appointed Foreign Affairs CAS in 2017, and would voluntarily resign to take up a position as Head of International Relations in William Ruto's presidential campaign team.

Namwamba was also Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports during former President Mwai Kibaki's-led coalition government.

He holds a Bachelor in Law degree from the University of Nairobi (UoN), and a Master's at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington DC, New York.