Leaders in Trans Nzoia want people who have settled around Kenyatta Stadium relocated to pave way for the expansion of the sporting facility.
The Trans Nzoia governor, Patrick Khaemba on Tuesday said plans were underway to establish a taskforce that will probe how part of the stadium land ended up in the hands of private developers.
Khaemba said little can be done on the expansion as land belonging to the county government meant for the recreation facility is in the hands of individuals.
Area women representative, Janet Nangabo has also asked the National Lands Commission to repossess grabbed land around the stadium to give way for expansion of the facility to accommodate all sporting activities.
Flanked by a section of ward representatives in the region, Nangabo accused land grabbers in the region of frustrating efforts to upgrade the stadium to a state-of-the art status to promote talents.
“We call on investigative agencies to move with speed to repossess the grabbed land. We will not allow this culture of impunity to deny our youth the right to harness their sporting talents,” she spoke at the stadium.
The women representative was speaking during the issuance of awards to winners of the National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF) tournament which saw teams from the five sub counties face off in a race to emerge the best in Trans Nzoia.
Saboti Sub County carried the day after beating Kwanza 2-0 in the finals. Cherang’any Sub County came third while Kiminini and Endebess sub counties were fourth and fifth placed respectively in the one week tournament.
Her sentiments were echoed by MCAs, Bernard Wambwa (Tuwan), Bernard Wanjala (Kapomboi) and Martin Simiyu (Nabiswa) who said they have engaged the county executive on the shoddy work being done by the county executives.
“Trans Nzoia cannot have a state of the art stadium like the Bukhungu stadium in Kakamega since the available space is not sufficient. The grabbed land around the stadium has to be reposed first,” said Wambwa.
By Pauline Ikanda