DP Gachagua hosts Special Olympic team, gifts them Ksh.10 million

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Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and his spouse, Pastor Dorcas Rigathi on Wednesday gifted Sh10.2 million to Kenya’s Special Olympic team for their commendable performance in during the Special Olympics games in Berlin, Germany.

Team Kenya bagged 15 Gold medals, four Silver medals and six Bronze medals during the games that took place in Berlin Germany from June 17-25 2023.

Pastor Dorcas Rigathi who is also the Patron of the team spearheaded handing of the cash rewards with those who won Gold medals each received Ksh.750,000, while the Silver medallists got Ksh.500,000 each; Bronze medallists received Ksh.300,000 each. 

Speaking when he hosted the Special Olympic team at his home for a luncheon, the DP assured the Olympic team that the government is in discussion with the Ministry of Sports regarding how to help the team in future.

The DP said the President William Ruto administration will ensure everybody who participates in sports is recognized and appreciated.

“l will talk to the Cabinet Secretary for Sports and the Principal Secretary to create a significant portion of the budget for the special persons to facilitate and support them to excel and market the Brand Kenya,” the DP said. 

“We will discuss with the Ministry on how to support the Special team. We also ask the media to highlight and publicize the victory of the Berlin Special Olympics World Games winners. They are only abled differently and have other capacities. Disability is not inability,” he said.

“You did not break the ceiling; you proved that with sheer determination, there is no ceiling in the first place. President William Ruto and I are proud of you! Kenya is proud of you,” the DP said.

The Deputy President said the government will continue facilitating structural reforms for persons with disabilities to exploit their full potential.

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