KICOSCA Launched With Song, Dance And Colour, Booming Business In Thika.


They hit with a bang!
Pomp and colour marked the opening of the 4th edition of the Kenya Inter-Counties Sports and Culture Association (KICOSCA) and County Assembly Sports Association (CASA) games slated for August 14-21 2016 in Kiambu County which were flagged off by the host Governor William Kabogo and his Kericho counterpart Paul Chepkwony.
As it is the norm, the event saw Kabogo lead guests and participants to a grand match into the Thika Sub-County Stadium before inspecting a guard of honour mounted by his county askaris, signifying the official launch of the highly hyped event which has attracted a total of 32 teams from all over the country.
Participants and spectators who had begun arriving in the town late last week painting it red with the carnival atmosphere.
The event, free for the public, saw spectacular performance of various entertainment groups who welcomed the tens of thousands the 2016 fete, virtually bringing the whole arena on fire.
Immediately after the launch, the crowd was treated to a tag-of-war contest between Nairobi and Vihiga Counties which was won the former. Kiambu County Assembly then plunged themselves to the field to settle scores with Machakos MCAs in football where the hosts beat their counterparts 5-1.
Speaking during the official opening ceremony, welcomed all guests to Thika and Kiambu County in general urging them to enjoy the hospitality of the host residents as they enjoyed the great tourist attraction sits the county had to offer. He added that the games were a golden opportunity to nurture national cohesion and a chance to make business.
“These games offer a very good opportunity to use devolution in the fight against tribalism as it has brought together people from all over Kenya to mingle and make new friends. As for our hosts, this is a chance to make business and create more jobs for their fellow neighbours,” said Kabogo.
Kabogo promised all those from his county who will be crowned champions that his government will offer them automatic promotions in their job groups.
His counterpart from Kericho supported his sentiments adding that the Thika fete was well organised and promised to be one of the best ever the launch of the first edition. He said that he felt quite at home in Thika as the people were friendly and hospitable.
Kiambu County Commissioner Alex Ole Nkoyo assured the participants, visitors and residents of their security over the whole period of the games.
According of the chairman KICOSCA Mr. Samson Changwony, this year’s competition had the highest number of participants (32 teams) with participation from the County Executives, County Assemblies, LAPFUND as well as the Senate.
“The MCAs will be on stage in Mang’u High School on Wednesday for the catwalk, cultural wear, smart wear and sportswear competition, which is a first this time,” said Changwony.
His Secretary General Mr. Muraya Kabiri said that five new counties, namely; Baringo, West Pokot, Nyamira, Siaya and Embu were participating for the first time this year.
“Otherwise, we do not have any representation from the former North Eastern Province. Turkana, Marsabit and Tana River Counties are here as observers,” said Kabiri.
Traders we spoke express optimism with majority of them recording good sales over the last two days. The hoped things improved as days went by and had all the praise for the organisers of these games plus the security personnel from Thika Sub-County whom they said had done a great job in guaranteeing their security and that of the visitors.
The annual event, which includes sports such as ajua, darts, table tennis, athletics, football, netball, tug of war (men and women), volley ball, badminton, pool, squash, basketball, music set-pieces and traditional dances, borrowed songs and cultural dances, is geared towards creating awareness to thus creating better understanding among counties. 
They are being held at the Thika Stadium, Thika High School, Gretsa University, St. Lukes Cravers Hotel, Chania High, Chania Girls, Thika Technical and Thika Community Hall.
Kiambu takes the mantle from Uasin Gishu County who hosted the games last year. These games bring together staff and members from various counties in the country. The games will serve as trials for the East Africa Local Authorities Sports and Cultural Association (EALASKA) that are scheduled for December 2016 in Machakos County.
Among those who graced the occasion include, deputy governors Gerald Gakuhi Githinji (Kiambu) and Gakure Monyo (Murang’a).
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