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Government Revives Completion of Stalled Sports Stadias

The Ministry of Sports is in the process of finalizing various stadia across the country to boost sporting activities in the country.
Sports Cabinet Secretary (CS) Amina Mohammed said a number of the projects were in the final stages while new ones are set to be launched.
The CS said upgrading and renovation of Nyayo stadium was almost complete and shall be launched soon.
Moi Sports Complex Kasarani Stadium, she said, was 80% complete adding that the government was fast tracking the works to ensure that the facility is ready ahead of the expected continental tour.
The renovations, she observed, will put Kenya on the world map in terms of modern sports facilities and set the stage for hosting world events.
Amina added that other projects among them Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega, Kipchoge Stadium in Eldoret, Kiambu Stadium, Narok Stadium, Kinoru stadium and Marsabit Stadium were all on course.
New stadia were planned in Meru and Kisumu, to be done in collaboration with the respective county governments.
In Kisumu, the CS disclosed that the national government has settled on Jomo Kenyatta Sports Grounds where the county government is already upgrading several facilities for construction of a football stadium.
Speaking during a tour of the facility on Thursday, the CS said negotiations were ongoing between the two governments and construction of the modern stadium was expected to kick off soon.
“We have firm instructions from the President to complete this project by December this year. Our public works officers and engineers are on the ground and we expect to start the works soon,” she said.
Kisumu County Governor Prof. Anyang Nyong’o said the partnership was in line with the county government’s initiative to modernize the sports grounds to international standards.
The football stadium, with a capacity of 30, 000, he said, will come in handy in supporting local football talent in the area.
“Various amenities in the modernization program, among them ablution blocks and a modern market for small scale traders have been completed,” he said
The governor added that plans to upgrade Moi Stadium, which is the only facility in the area, were on course.
The county government plans to undertake the works at an estimated cost of Sh. 1 billion.
By Chris Mahandara

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