#KOT mad at Sports Minister for taking ‘joy riding bodyguard’ to Rio
Kenyans on Twitter lashed out at Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario’s move to reportedly include his personal bodyguard in his entourage to the Rio Olympics despite athletes missing air tickets.
The third batch of athletes left the country on Sunday, but after drama at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) when it emerged that three athletes did not have air tickets.
Javelin world champion Julius Yego was among those who did not have an air ticket. The rest of the team members boycotted boarding the Kenya Airways flight to Luanda, Angola, where they were to get a connecting flight to Rio de Janeiro.
Quick consultations between the National Olympics Committee of Kenya officials and the Kenya Airways management saw Mr Yego and the two other athletes handed boarding passes for the flight to Luanda.
Mr Yego, who enjoys a massive following on Twitter, shared the news with his fans prompting and an outrage.
That I don't have a ticket to #RioOlympics2016
I am lost as to what is going on.
— Julius Yego ??OGW (@JuliusYegoKE) August 7, 2016
— Robert (@RobertAlai) August 7, 2016
Julius Yego not having a ticket is a serious joke @KTNKenya and we have politicians transporting their body guards
— #TheOnlyJaluo ?? ?? (@theonlyjaluo) August 8, 2016
we took 70 officials and 80 sportsmen and women. But yego had to hustle for his ticket. I just can't anymore!
— SokoAnalyst (@SokoAnalyst) August 7, 2016
Tweeps lashed out at the sports ministry and went on to call for the sacking of CS Mr Wario and Sports Kenya chairman Fred Muteti.
I will say this again. Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario was the worst choice of a CS by Uhuru and Ruto.
— Oliver Mathenge (@OliverMathenge) August 7, 2016