Kenya has neglected sports even though it has a lot of talent, Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth has said.
Kenneth said youths' talents in the country have gone to waste because there are no youth academies. He said the government has not done enough to create a conducive environment to nurture sports as a way of creating employment for the youth. "If you look at most countries that have youth academies they have done well in sports. And I'm saying this because I used to be the chairman of football in Kenya and I know what sports is all about," said Kenneth.
The presidential hopeful said the 52 per cent of the population is below 18 years and that it has the highest rate of unemployment. "Which means we have a hard job to deal with in years to come," he told the parents at Loreto Convent high school in Mombasa at the weekend where he was chief guest in the sports day.
He urged parents should create an environment in which their children will develop fast economically and socially. "You must take proactive action now to ensure you have the right leadership that will bring the right environment so that when your kids get bigger they have a better working environment in Kenya," he said.
He said all aspiring leaders should be evaluated on the basis of where they have worked in to get leaders with vision, passion and focus. Kenneth was a goalkeeper in his hay days as a student and even went on to play for former Kenya Premier League side Reunion FC. He was forced to retire from football after fracturing his right arm.