The Late Gen Joseph Nkaisery, Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government; Dr Hassan Wario, Cabinet Secretary for Sports Culture and the Arts; Mwangi Muthee, Chief Executive Officer Local Organising Committee. Photo: MOHAMMED AMIN/LOC wu18nairobi2017
Sunday 9th July 2017
NAIROBI (July 9) - Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and the Arts, Dr Hassan Wario on Sunday paid glowing tribute to his cabinet colleague, Gen Joseph Nkaissery, who died on Saturday morning.
Until his death at the age of 67, Gen Nkaissery was responsible for Interior and Coordination of National Government. He was also leading an inter-ministerial cabinet team for the organising of the IAAF World Under-18 Championships that will be in Nairobi between July 12 and 16.
Accompanied by Principal Secretary State Department of Culture and Arts, Joe Okudo, Wenslus Ong'ayo, the Director Administration (Culture and Arts), Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, Lt Gen Jackson Tuwei, and other top government and security officials, Dr Wario, urged Kenyans to keep the momentum and organise a championships that will have a lasting impression on the world.
"He was a key member of this committee and it is a huge loss to the nation, all of us and his family. May his family find solace at this difficult time," said Dr Wario after a minute's silence was observed during the Press Conference.
"I reassure the nation that preparations are on going under the steering committee and the Local Organising Committee under Gen (Jackson) Tuwei and that security preparedness, which Get Nkaissery had worked on so much, will be up to scratch," said the Cabinet Secretary.
"We are ready to host the world. About 99 per cent of work is done. 14 teams have arrived and we are happy that the hostels at Kenyatta University is going accommodate them all. We are setting up a cultural village for food, arts and culture near the stadium and we shall also promote sports tourism through these games," said the CS.