Sports cabinet secretary Ababu Namwamba has issued a stern warning to cartels who have transformed the RFUEA grounds into a drinking den. Namwamba made his intentions clear during the flagging off of the national 7s sides Lionesses and Shujaa, who are expected to feature in the HSBC World Rugby Challenger Series later this week. He stated that there is a cartel that believes in impunity, but he is coming for them.
Part of the property, which is under the management of Kenya Harlequins, has been rented to the Orchid Lounge and Grills. They have set up an entertainment facility in the area. The RFUEA board chairperson, George Kariuki, disclosed that they are doing everything they can to rectify the current situation.
Additionally, the CS announced the government’s plan to construct a modern training facility for the national rugby teams. He expressed his admiration for a similar center he visited in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He believes that a training facility like that would greatly benefit the players.
On the other hand, KRU boss Sasha Mutai revealed that the union has been forced to pay to be allowed to use the facility along Ngong Road. They have faced threats from some of the tenants while hosting the Safari Sevens tournament, and they were almost evicted. Kariuki mentioned that they have contacted their lawyers to review the whole process, as illegal structures not intended for rugby development have been erected at the ground. They are not pleased with the situation but are taking the necessary steps to resolve it.