Budalangi MP Raphael Wanjala has urged local leaders to engage youth in sports activities especially during this festive season.
Speaking during the launch of Bunyala Council football tournament on Monday, Wanjala said such activities will help the youth from getting involved in vices like drug abuse.
“If we leave them idle, some of them will resort to drinking, stealing and other evil activities, so that is why we have decided to ensure that they are engaged in sports every afternoon,” he said.
He stated that the aim is to support the teams until they reach the national level by bringing other teams from private entities like KCB to mentor them.
“Youth here have several talents which need to be nurtured,” he said that they will soon launch boxing tournament.
The MP further explained that sports is a form of employment adding that a number of football legends like Joseph Wandera (former player for Kenya breweries) earned a living from sports.
Port Victoria KCB branch Manager Daniel Biketi reiterated the need to nurture sports adding that the institution will support the area MP in achieving his endeavor.
“As KCB, we have bought sport uniforms, balls and trophies to support today’s event,” he said.
Teso South MP Geoffrey Omuse presided over Teso South Constituency Development Fund Soccer tournament finals at St. Thomas Chakol Primary School.
The event that coincided with Jamhuri Day Celebrations saw Machakusi men and Chakol ladies football clubs emerge winners.
The two teams were awarded a trophy, ball, set of uniforms and Ksh75, 000 each with each of the 38 participating teams getting shs. 3,000 each.
By Salome Alwanda