The Contractor renovating the 30,000-seater Kinoru Stadium has been instructed by the Sports Cabinet Secretary (CS), Amina Mohamed to complete it by next week.
During a tour of the facility on Tuesday to check on the progress achieved so far, a committee comprising National officials, the officials from the Ministry of Sports and those from Meru County government led by Amina expressed optimism that the contractor will complete all works by July 15.
“We have given contractor up to mid this month to wind up the project and then the Stadium will be handed-over to the county government by the National government,” she said.
Amina urged the contractor to move with speed and ensure that the facility is completed by the set deadline.
The CS said it was very unfortunate that the
had taken such a long time but added that she was happy with the work done so far as the field will be a model stadium to the rest of the country.
“Our youths will be able to make use of the stadium to exploit their sports talents,” she said, urging youths to form sports clubs to keep them occupied instead of engaging in vices.
Amina pointed out that the National government is upgrading the stadium to international standards at a cost of more than Sh. 900 million with Sh. 200 Million having been spent in the first phase and the second phase expected to take Sh. 892 million.
The Imenti North Deputy County Commissioner, Mohamud Salim said so far, the contractor is progressing well and his office is optimistic that the work will be finished by July 15.
Salim said as the National government, they will beef-up security so that contractor can work round the clock as he races towards completing the work.
“We will ensure the security is beefed up to enable the contractor do his work in a peaceful environment and for long hours if need be,” he said.
The County Executive for Sports in Meru County, Koome Miriti said there was no reason why the contractor cannot complete the renovation by July 15 as all the money has been paid by the ministry at the National level through Sports Kenya.
Koome said as a committee supervising the renovation, they have spoken with the contractor to engage local youths in the area for labor so that man-power can be increased to meet the set deadline.
It has been a long journey of ups and downs for Kinoru since it was first commissioned for renovation in 2014, by the then Meru Governor, Peter Munya
By Muguongo Judy