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Former rugby player to run for Senate seat

By - | January 13th 2013 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

By Abdikadir Sugow

A sportsman, Richard Nyakwaka alias Quicks will launch his political campaign on Sunday to contest the post of Nairobi senator.

Speaking to The Standard On Sunday yesterday, Quicks, who will vie as an independent candidate, said he stands the best chance to advocate for the youth and address their social economics wellbeing including jobs.

“They (youth) comprise 75 per cent of the city population and that is why they need someone like,” said Quicks who will be in Huruma grounds to officially launch his political campaign.

He said the sports sector is a multi-billion industry which is yet to be fully exploited, promising to work extra hard to ensure the sector succeeds once elected senator of Nairobi.

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He said he will not be scared to run against heavyweights Fred Gumo, Elizabeth Ongoro and Gidion Mbuvi alias Sonko.

 “My policies for the youth speak louder than their financial influence,” said the 36-year old former Kenya and Mwamba rugby player.

Think tank

Nyakwaka is currently the head of Sports International Kenya, a sports think tank group.

He played rugby for Mwamba RFC for 16 years and later become the teams’ coach after attaining International Rugby Board Level 2 Coach. He also played for the national team for 10 years.

He took his early studies in South Africa at Far North – Limpopo Province Select Team, Pietersburg Rugby Club and Sports Development Studies-Northern Academy & Polokwane Institute.

He was involved in development of community rugby in several parts of the country but mostly in Nairobi. “I have been involved in helping develop policies and reforms for rugby development at Kenya Rugby Union for the past 10 years,” said Quicks.

A family man with two daughters, Nyakwaka is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Sports Management from Johan Cruyf Institute of Sports Studies-Barcelona.



Succession2013 Richard Nyakwaka Nairobi senator
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