The Kenya Rugby Union wishes to clarify that it has only received Ksh 31m out of a budget of Ksh 124m that was presented to and accepted by the Ministry of Sport after our headline partner pulled out .
Following a meeting with the Ministry of Sports on January 10, it presented a budget of Ksh 124m two days later. (January 12).
A second meeting with the Ministry took place on January 15 before the K.R.U received a payment of Ksh 31m in early February. This amount has been used to support our national squads in various assignments and we thank the Government for this.
Several meetings between the Ministry and K.R.U have since taken place, the latest one on May 29 where assurances that part payment of the balance would be made to the K.R.U by June 5.
No further payment has been received to date despite assurances to the contrary. Operations of the K.R.U have ground to a halt at a time when our two national squads, Simba and Shujaa are preparing for critical assignments in the coming days.
The Simbas are set to begin their fifteens Rugby World Cup qualification process with a match away to Morocco on June 23 and will have four other fixtures and training programs between now and August.
Shujaa are preparing for the sevens Rugby World Cup tournament in San Francisco in July, a tournament where they have reached the cup semis twice in a row (2009 and 2013).
In the absence of Government support, K.R.U is considering pulling all its representative squads out of international assignments.
In light of the fiasco in Paris this past weekend, the K.R.U will take action to make sure that this does not happen again.