Jackson Tuwei has been officially appointed as Kenya’s Chef de Mission for next year’s Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.Tuwei, a retired lieutenant-general and President of Athletics Kenya, will take up the role for the Games, due to take place between April 4 and 15. Tuwei’s deputy will be Maina Kamau, Kenya’s Acting Commissioner of Sports.
Kenya Tennis Federation vice chairman Francis Mutuku will be the team’s executive officer with Kenya Judo Association chairman Shadrack Maluki taking the position of general team manager to be assisted by former Maseno High School Principal Paul Otula.
Kenya Swimming Federation’s Winnie Kamau will be in charge of managing the women’s team while Nock treasurer Eliud Kariuki will still be mandated to manage the finance kitty of the Commonwealth Games.
Appointment of a steering committee for next year’s Commonwealth Games was the first item on the agenda as the newly-elected Nock officials held their first board meeting on Friday at their Mombasa Road offices.The Commonwealth Games will be held in Gold Coast, Australia, from April 5 to 15.
Chef De Mission: Jackson Tuwei
Deputy Chef De Mission: Acting Sports Commissioner
General Team Manager: Shadrack Maluki
Deputy Team Manager: Paul Otula
Executive Officer: Francis Mutuku
Deputy Executive Officer: Nominee from Kenya Rugby Union
Chief Medical Officer: Paul Rwambo
Manager Ladies: Winnie Kamau
Finance Officer: Eliud Kariuki
Last month disgraced official Stephene Arap Soi had claimed he was the Chef de Mission. Soi had claimed to the High Court in Nairobi last month that he had been appointed as Kenya’s Chef de Mission for Gold Coast 2018.
He had been charged after last year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where he was also Chef de Mission.
He had been charged after last year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where he was also Chef de Mission, with stealing $256,000 (£190,000/€215,000) from Government and the NOCK and Athletics Kenya meant for the athletes’ and officials’ stay at the Games.
As part of the investigation, he had to surrender his passport but it was returned to him by the High Court so he could attend the Chef de Missions seminar organised by Gold Coast 2018 last week.
Kenya finished ninth overall at the last Commonwealth Games in 2014 in Glasgow.
They won a total of 25 medals, including 10 gold.