(MEDIA: Moses Mang’eni (third from left) shows youth how to plant grass at the Matete Sports Grounds. PHOTO/KEITH SIFUNA)
BY KEITH SITUMA | KAKAMEGA
Kakamega County Government has pledged to improve the Matete Sports Grounds in Matete, Lugari Sub County after a police officer started a grass planting initiative.
Kakamega CEC in-charge of Social Services, Culture and Sports, Robert Makhanu, said the devolved unit will set aside funds to ensure that the ground is uplifted to proper standards.
Makhanu said through the sports fund, the county was embarking on improving grounds across the county and Matete grounds has been earmarked as one of them.
“We are working on improving playing grounds in the county and it has come to our attention that Matete is one that needs upgrading and we will give it a priority,” he stated.
This development comes after a police officer, Moses Mang’eni, attached to the Matete Police Station, started an initiative to plant grass on the grounds after years of neglect.
Police Constable Mang’eni, stated that he started the initiative after noticing the pitch was in deplorable condition and many players were getting injured due to the rugged surface.
With the Covid-19 pandemic halting sporting activities, Mang’eni took the opportunity to rally a few youth from the area to plant grass on the grounds.
“Before the pandemic I used to watch football matches on this ground and I used to see players getting injuries and I thought I could do something. Now that there are no matches I saw this as a chance to grow grass here.”
The ground has also played host to other activities and not limited to football alone. It has hosted volleyball tournaments, netball games and has also been a venue for national celebrations in the sub county.
The law enforcer has been spending his own salary on the project with a few well-wishers chipping in to ensure that the vision is achieved and this has caught the attention of the county officers who have now pledged to improve the facility.
Makhanu said they would use every available resources to ensure that the grounds are completed and protected.
“We cannot allow the community or a person to start such a proper initiative and we as a government sit back and do nothing to assist,” stated Makhanu.
Mang’eni’s vision is to have a proper football pitch, volleyball, netball and basketball courts in order to nurture talents from the area.
Mang’eni has insisted that his initiative has nothing to do with politics and he is only giving back to the community in which he is serving and wants youth to develop their talents.
“Mine has no political backing or interests in it. I came here to serve the community as a police officer and I have decided to do this as a way of giving back to these wonderful people,” he stated.
Kakamega CEC in charge of Social Services Culture and Sports, Robert Makhanu (centre), accompanied by Chief Officer Social Services and Sports John Imboko (left) accompanied by police officer Moses Mang’eni inspect the ongoing planting of grass at Matete Sports Grounds. The planting of grass has been spearheaded by Mr Mang’eni attached to Matete Police Station.
PHOTO | Keith Situma
Moses Mang’eni (third from left) shows youth how to plant grass at the Matete Sports Grounds
Moses Mang’eni (left) talks to the youth involved in the planting of grass at the Matete Sports grounds