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KRU hits back at Sports CS
By Eric Njiru | Tue 12 Jun, 2018 22:15

The Kenya Rugby Union has released a statement regarding Sports minister's remarks that he has summoned it's officials. 

Sports CS Richard Echesa on Tuesday announced that he has summoned the Kenya Rugby Union officials after Kenya 7s masked off sponsor's name at the just concluded Paris 7s in France. 

The source of masking off as Raga House understands is failure by KRU to pay the players cash meant for them from Brand Kenya, the sponsor. 

Echesa on Tuesday said that the ministry is already investigating the incident that was apparently a protest against the non-payment of Sh4million to players.
“We had agreed that they will be paid after the last leg. But when they got there the players demanded that the money should be sent to them. We do not understand how the deal came to break down but we will get to the bottom of it,” the CS said. 

Hours later, KRU said they are "considering pulling all its representative squads out of international assignments."

"The Kenya Rugby Union wishes to clarify that it has only received Ksh 31m out of a budget of Ksh 124m that was presented to and accepted by the Ministry of Sport after our headline partner pulled out."

"Following a meeting with the Ministry of Sports on January 10, it presented a budget of Ksh 124m two days later. (January 12)." 

"A second meeting with the Ministry took place on January 15 before the K.R.U received a payment of Ksh 31m in early February. This amount has been used to support our national squads in various assignments and we thank the Government for this." 

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Sources close to KRU told us that there was an agreement between playing unit and Brand Kenya to pay them Ksh100,000 each for a photo-shoot before heading for London 7s. 

"Several meetings between the Ministry and K.R.U have since taken place, the latest one on May 29 where assurances that part payment of the balance would be made to the K.R.U by June 5," adds KRU. 

"No further payment has been received to date despite assurances to the contrary. Operations of the K.R.U have ground to a halt at a time when our two national squads, Simba and Shujaa are preparing for critical assignments in the coming days." 

KRU concludes that "in light of the fiasco in Paris this past weekend, the K.R.U will take action to make sure that this does not happen again." 

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On the statement released on Saturday evening, minutes before Kenya 7s played Samoa in the last pool match at Paris 7s, Brand Kenya said:
"The board confirms payment of agreed partnership funds to Kenya Rugby Union in accordance with the contract and remains committed to supporting the team that is now the official global ambassadors for the entire country."

"Kenya Rugby Union is working round the clock to ensure that each player gets paid by Monday." 

The team arrived back on Monday evening and are set to resume training after 10 days.

Eric Njiru
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