Team Kenya got off to a flying start as the eighth edition of the inter-parliamentary games began at the main stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania yesterday. In men’s volleyball, captain Dan Wanyama (Webuye West MP) led his team to beat Tanzania 3-1 in the opening match at the indoor arena.
In athletics, the 100m dash witnessed a scintillating final with Mwala MP Vincent Musyoka winning in 11.61 ahead of Mbwatekamwa Gaffa of Uganda who realized 12.43 while third place went to Nixon Korir (Langata MP) of Kenya who returned 13.05.
In the 200m, Wanyama (26.28) led compatriots Charles Njuguna (27.44) while third place went to Parliament of Uganda’s Alero Tom Aza (27.68). Youngest Kenyan Senator, 25-year-old Mercy Chebeni (nominated) scooped gold in 400 metres, returning 1:23.0, three seconds ahead of Esther Matiku as Achen Christine of Uganda came in third after clocking 1:29.0 seconds.
The script was the same in the men’s 400 metres with Munyaka (1 minute) and Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang (1:02) taking a 1-2 finish ahead of Uganda’s Gaffa.
In the 4×100 metre dash, Team Kenya comprising Wanyama, Munyaka, Korir and Musyoka made it to the tape in a time of 51.53 to scoop gold ahead of Uganda’s Atiku Benaro, Gaffa, Alero Tom Aza and Pentagon Kamusiime.
The 400x4m race saw Wanyama lead Team Kenya to a comfortable victory in 4:08 ahead of Uganda once more while Tanzania’s Stephen Masele and team-mates returned third. In the women’s category, Kenya had to settle for third as Tanzania, led by Zubeda Sukuru, won the race ahead of Uganda.
Youngest MP in the National Assembly, John-Paul Mwirigi (Igembe South) made his debut in the team and came third in the 1,500 metres race that was won by Uganda’s Julius Alhon Bua as Gaffa settled for second place. Laikipia East MP Patrick Mariru took silver in the 800 metres.