The Kenya Premier League (KPL) players have finally started receiving the government’s stimulus package payment money that had been promised by Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed.
According to an MPESA screenshot shared on Facebook by Wadau Tv presenter and local sports enthusiast, Keke Roy, the government started releasing the Ksh 10,000 package as from today.
The government, through the Sports ministry, had last week announced that it will release the Sh20 million stimulus package for the premier league players to cushion them against the pangs of the novel coronavirus.
“We are going to release 10,000 per month for 30 players and 5 technical officers for 12 most vulnerable KPL Clubs. This will be a total of 420 beneficiaries. The stimulus package will be for the next two months with a possibility of extension of a third month should we be able to mobilize more funds from well-wishers and our partners,” CS Amina announced.
Despite being lauded for the move, certain stakeholders within the sporting industry had criticized the ministry’s selection criteria for benefiting clubs, further casting its implementation into doubt. Some of the concerns raised included the elimination of clubs like Posta Rangers FC from the benefiting teams owing to their financial struggles that have seen its players go three months without salaries.
However, the move is largely a welcome for struggling local sports and will together with other stakeholders’ initiatives sustain the players during this global crisis. The move also comes days after gaming firm, Betika, started releasing Ksh 5,000 to some of the KPL players. According to the government, it also targets athletes participating in other games.