Kenyan MPs in search of medals as inter Parliamentary games enter day...

Kenyan MPs in search of medals as inter Parliamentary games enter day two in Mombasa

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Speaker of the senate Ekwe Ethuro in action in a past inter parliamentary games. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Mombasa, KENYA: Kenyan legislatures will be seeking to extend their dominance as the East Africa Community Parliamentary Games enter  day two in Mombasa, with competitions in different disciplines on cards.

The Kenyan lawmakers who are the defending champions having won the overall title last year will play their Ugandan counterparts in football at the KPA Mbaraki Sports Club today (Monday).

Other day’s soccer fixture will see Burundi take on last year’s winners East Africa Legislative Assembly EALA, at the same venue in the evening.

The games will kick-off at the KPA Makande Gymnasium with netball matches; where Kenya will tackle Ugandan legislatures at 9 am before Burundi face off with EALA.

In men’s volleyball Tanzania will play Uganda as Rwanda take on Burundi, while Kenya will come up against Uganda with Burundi facing off EALA in women’s category.

The games started on Sunday evening where Kenya got off to a winning start with Cherenganyi Member of Parliament Wesley Korir scooping two medals.

The former Boston Marathon champion saw off competition from other MPs to finish first in 400m and 800m walking races.

Kenya however managed third in 400m women’s category, courtesy of Homa Bay women representative Gladys Wanga who finished behind Uganda’s Binti Jordan and Judith Akello.

The Kenyan lawmakers also failed to defend their tug of war title after they lost 2-0 to their Ugandan counterparts.

Lunga Lunga MP Khatib Mwashetani and Senior Serjeant-At-Arms at Kenya National Assembly Josphat Bundotich, made up  team Kenya that surrendered to Uganda.

The Sunday games were preceded by the official launching ceremony held at the Mombasa Technical Training Institute MTTI.

All the six East Africa nations; Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, South Sudan, Rwanda and hosts Kenya are taking part in the six-day competition which attracts seven disciplines.

The East Africa Community Parliamentary Games is held annually on rotational basis among the East Africa Community member states since its initiation in 2009 Tanzania.