President Uhuru Kenyatta was treated to classic entertainment after watching senior Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) officers race each other at the new Ulinzi Sports Complex at Lang’ata Barracks, Nairobi on Wednesday, April 13.
They had participated in a 4x100m relay competition which was one of the games on show during the commissioning of the complex by the Head of State.
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The participants were drawn from various KDF factions such as Manda Bay camp, Moi Airbase, Laikipia Airbase, Kahawa Barracks, and Artillery Brigade among others.
In the video shared by NTV, the President was already in hysteria when he laughed to the point of slapping the armchair he was seated on like an excited child when he saw the participants warming up ahead of the race.
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He was in conversation with one of the senior officers seated next to him who seemed to be explaining to him the schematics of the race as the participants took their positions.
As soon as the race began, the Head of State could be seen clapping for the participants as they huffed and puffed with each stride they took. He was also pointing at the participants to the officers while having a hearty laugh.
The next batch took to the track, speeding down the straight hilariously as they crossed the finish line, with cameras panning to the President who was in uncontrollable laughter to the point of being moved to tears.
The race was won by the Moi Airbase team followed by the 8th Brigade while Laikipia Airbase took the third position. Seated beside President Kenyatta was KDF Chief of Defence General Robert Kibochi who also laughed so hard that tears ran down his cheeks.
Uhuru Opens KDF Sporting Complex
During the commissioning, the President particularly commended the sporting fraternity for being a unifying force that brings Kenyans together irrespective of ethnic, religious or political affiliation.
“Just as we unite whenever our sporting stars are representing us abroad, cheering them with one voice as one people; let us in this season and in every season remain a united Kenya where each person is striving for the glory and greatness of our beloved nation, Kenya,” President Kenyatta said.
The KDF sporting complex has a 7,500-seat stadium, an indoor arena, a fully-equipped gymnasium, swimming pool, an 8-lane athletics track, basketball, badminton and tennis courts, two training grounds, a hockey and a rugby pitch. President Kenyatta presided over the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the sports complex in October 2020.
He said he was satisfied that Kenyans across the country are reaping the dividends of his administration’s investment in the development of world-class infrastructure.
“From iconic roads to new ports and railways, to floating bridges, undersea cables, expressways, to hospitals and schools, and to stadia; the face of our nation has immeasurably changed for the better,” the President said.
He expressed optimism that the complex will boost the national sporting prowess across an array of disciplines and open up a new world of opportunities for sportsmen and women.
The President asked KDF to establish a robust management system to ensure that the sports complex maintains the highest international standards so as to serve as a benchmark against which the country’s sporting facilities are measured.
To strengthen the complex further, President Kenyatta said KDF should strive to construct a sports Village that will provide residential accommodation facilities for sportsmen and women.
“Furthermore, the proximity of this complex to the KDF Wellness Centre and to the Uhuru Garden National Monument provides opportunities for partnerships that will create value addition and new revenue streams,” President Kenyatta said.
The President, who had earlier watched exhibition games at the complex including races and a football match, saluted the country’s sporting heroes across all disciplines for their patriotism and dedication. He added that the sports fraternity has inspired the youth to embrace the ideals of discipline, focus and hard work.