Uasin Gishu County Governor H.E Jackson Mandago has expressed his commitment to supporting local financial institutions that have shown interest in contributing to the positive growth of the society.
Speaking during the 12th edition of the Family Group Eldoret Half Marathon on Sunday H.E Mandago said his administration will continue working with like-minded corporate entities.
The Governor further called for the arrest and prosecution of immigration officials who will be found facilitating banned athletes to change their passport names.
This is after Athletics Kenya (AK) President Jackson Tuwei revealed that some athletes banned for doping had changed their names in a bid to continue competing.
“We should not follow the athlete alone, even those immigration officers who aid in changing the name must be put to account,” noted H.E Mandago.
“A passport is a serious security document and anybody who tries to tamper with it must be dealt with,” he added.
The Governor further challenged AK to work with counties in the fight against doping.
“If there is a chemist or pharmacist that sells the banned substances to our athletes, let’s be told and we shall take action,” he said.
Family Group officials said funds from the marathon will be used to support education for children with autism.
Already the Family Group has helped set up an autism centre at the Sosiani primary where 10 autistic children can now access education.
During the race, winners pocketed Sh250,000 each with first runners-up and second runners-up in both male and female categories getting Sh150,000 and Sh100,000 each respectively.