Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa has finally addressed claims that he is not learned.
Speaking during an exclusive interview with Daily Nation, Echesa said that he has great plans after leaving office.
The former boxer said that he is likely to consider going back to school before 2022 to get the certificates many people have been claiming he lacks.
The embattled former CS said that he is still young and he can change his fortune before that time comes.
Echesa, who has been linked to money laundering claims, said that he is still determined despite facing endless woes.
“It’s back to the drawing board – kujipanga (to strategise). Who knows, I could as well have those academic papers that people keep talking about by 2022, he said, as quoted by Daily Nation.
In reference to money laundering, Echesa said that he has never been involved is such a business.
He faulted leaders allied to Africa Union High Representative on Infrastructure Development Raila Amolo Odinga over the accusations.
Echesa also alluded that Deputy President William Ruto is not to blame for the woes that befell him. He said he was grateful the second in command supported him during his tenure in office.
The youthful politician also painted a troubled picture of the current Cabinet, revealing that most Cabinet Secretaries are a ‘worried lot’ owing to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s mood swings.
“I can tell with the benefit of hindsight that the CSs are not sitting pretty. They are not settled, always worried about being told off in public and possibly being sacked,” said Echesa.
The Sports Fund is a kitty set aside by the government to among other things renovate sports infrastructure and fund all national teams representing the country in international engagements.
“The National Sports Fund was one of the problems (I faced). I can confirm that the first batch of the Sh4 billion (of this fund) was credited to the Sports Ministry’s account on Tuesday, a few days before I was shown the door on Friday,” he said.
Echesa was dramatically relieved of his duties by President Uhuru Kenyatta and replaced by Amina Mohammed.
Looking back at his 14-month tenure, Echesa listed Harambee Stars’ qualification to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after a 15-month absence, Kenya’s sterling performance at the 2018 World Youth Championship, and renovation of Kasarani and Nyayo stadiums as some of his achievements.