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Kenyan Women’s Net Ball Team Stranded in South Africa For Lack of Payment

After landing in Cape Town for the African Cup, the national women's team learned the Kenyan government refused to pay for their lodging and gave no food stipends.

The Kenyan Women's national netball team is homeless and hungry in Cape Town after playing in the African Cup because the government is refusing to pay the lodging for the team. In fact, they never did pay any lodging. In an Instagram post by The Score KE host Carol Radull, the saga of the women's team unfolds, detailing how the players have been in South Africa since last Friday without any funds for shelter or food—playing the whole tournament on empty stomachs and without a place to comfortably rest. Needless to say, the team and Kenyans the world over are both angry and embarrassed at the government's actions.


Radull's post begins with the words "PLEASE Try not to cry…" Her post goes on to say that the women arrived in Cape Town on October 18 via their government supplied airplane tickets and entry visas, but once they arrived to their hotel they were denied entry as "your government has not paid." After their first day of play, the issue still had not been resolved and they began exercising other options which quickly morphed into relying on the care and empathy of strangers. Radull explains:

A Kenyan who lives in Cape Town and knew one team member felt sorry for them, bought them bread and milk and took them to a lodge owned by a Cameroonian lady who agreed to house them as "your government settles the bill." The Cameroonian lady has been feeding them when she can afford to, at her cost but most of the time, the girls sleep hungry. They won one game against Malawi but lost all the others. The girls are due to leave tomorrow though the lodge owner will retain some passports until bills are cleared. When contacted yesterday by officials from the team, the government ALLEGEDLY said: "before issuing payment for hotels we need three different quotes to show why a particular hotel was selected." That was yesterday. The girls have been hustling since Friday morning. I broke down while speaking to someone on the ground a few minutes ago. I have tried to call the Sports Ministry but no answer. This is shameful and disgusting. These girls deserve better and sadly this isn't the first team facing such an issue. This is the #ShameOfRepresentingKenya in Sport.

The events in the caption have not been confirmed by OkayAfrica. The women are set to return to Kenya tomorrow, assuming their return ticket is paid for. However, if the government has not settled the lodging bills, some of the women will not be allowed to go as the lodge owner is holding some passports for payment. The post has sparked more use of the hashtag #ShameOfRepresentingKenya on social media. Kenyans are taking to the medium to show how upset, angry and disillusioned with their government they are. Many also speak of the embarrassment that is present when it should instead be a moment of pride. See some of the responses below.






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Kenyan Athlete Eliud Kipchoge Nominated for Sportsman of the Year Award

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In Conversation with Congolese NBA Player Emmanuel Mudiay: 'I want more African players in the NBA.'

The Utah Jazz player talks about being African in the NBA, supporting basketball in the DRC and how 'everybody knows about Burna Boy'.

Inspired by his basketball-playing older brothers, by second grade, Emmanuel Mudiay already knew that he wanted to play in the American National Basketball Association. Then in 2001 his family, fleeing the war in Democratic Republic of Congo, sought asylum in the United States.

In America, Mudiay saw basketball as a way for him to improve his situation. After impressive high school and college careers, he moved to China to play pro ball. Picked 7th overall in the 2015 NBA draft, the now 23-year-old guard has made a name for himself this season coming off the bench for the Utah Jazz.

Mudiay attests to the sport having changed not only his life but that of his siblings. Basketball gave them all a chance at a good education and the opportunity to dream without conditions. Now he wants to see other talented African players make it too.

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University lecturer and activist Doctor Stella Nyanzi (L) reacts in court as she attends a trial to face charges for cyber-harassment and offensives communication, in Kampala, on April 10, 2017. (Photo by GAEL GRILHOT/AFP via Getty Images)

Jailed Ugandan Activist, Stella Nyanzi, Wins PEN Prize for Freedom of Expression

The outspoken activist, who is currently serving a prison sentence for a poem she wrote about the president's mother's vagina, won for her resistance "in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her."

Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan academic, activist, and vocal critic of President Yoweri Museveni has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International award for freedom of expression, given to writers who "continue to work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution."

Nyanzi is currently serving a 15 month sentence for "cyber harassment" after she published a poem in which she wrote that she wished "the acidic pus flooding Esiteri's (the president's mother) vaginal canal had burn up your unborn fetus. Burn you up as badly as you have corroded all morality and professionalism out of our public institutions in Uganda."

According to the director of PEN International, Carles Torner, her unfiltered outspokenness around the issues facing her country is what earned her the award. "For her, writing is a permanent form of resistance in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her," said Torner at the award ceremony.

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