Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka has launched the ‘Lusaka Cup’ aimed at cultivating and nurturing local football talents by reducing rising cases of teenage pregnancy in the county.
The tournament with the theme ‘Sakata boli, Epuka boli’ is the governor’s brainchild initiative, geared towards empowering the youth through sporting activities.
Lusaka noted that such tournaments will enhance productivity among the youth during the long festive season and instill positive virtues among many.
“An idle mind is the devil’s workshop. We have initiated this tournament to keep our youths busy and reduce the surging numbers of teenage pregnancies among school-going girls”, he said.
He said that many youths engage in unproductive activities occasioned by lack of employment and therefore should be made aware through such campaigns.
“Youths are the future of this great nation. The majority perish because of a lack of knowledge. We want to build their capacity through sports, ” he observed.
The tournament will be played annually, with competing teams rooted in all 45 wards. Winners will bag grand prizes.
Thousands of Bungoma football enthusiasts were treated to a spectacular friendly match between Bungoma Superstars and Bungoma stars during the first edition at Uwanja Ndege Grounds in Kanduyi Sub County.
The move comes after the latest report indicated that Bungoma County was ranked third in teen pregnancies country-wide.
In attendance were Deputy Governor Janepher Mbatiany, MCAs, CECMs, Eng. Agnes Wachiye (Youth and Sports), Caro Makali (Trade), Dr. Andrew Wamalwa (Health), Douglas Sasita (Lands), and Senior County staff, among others.
By Douglas Mudambo