Siaya county government on Thursday kicked off the construction of a Multi-million shilling Olympic size stadium in Siaya town.
Governor Cornel Rasanga who performed the ground breaking ceremony of the construction said that his government would pump close to Sh.400 million in the 20, 000 seat capacity stadium.
Rasanga called on the contractor, Jingsu Provincial Construction Company Ltd, to ensure quality work was delivered within the 44 weeks stipulated in the Sh.394,661,767/= contract.
He said that the county was committed to improving sports’ facilities to enable the youth explore and nurture their talent.
Rasanga called on the local leaders to fully support the project, adding that he would not allow politics to derail successful completion of the stadium.
In a tongue in cheek, the governor amused the locals when he cautioned them to be careful with their dogs as the construction works would be ongoing.
He said that the Chinese were known to make a delicacy out of the canines hence the need for the residents not to allow their dogs to roam.
“Guogi bende ma wuotho abal ok wadwa” (we also do not want dogs that roam about) he said in dholuo to the amusement of the crowd.
Earlier, members of public on Wednesday night seized and frog marched a suspected vandal to Ukwala Police station in Ugenya after nabbing him stealing electricity cables near Ugenya high school.
Daniel Okoth Ochieng, 41, who hails from the neighbouring Got Nanga village, is being held at the police station pending prosecution after the villagers, who spotted him atop an electricity transformer, forced him down.
Confirming the incident, Ligega sub location assistant chief, Johannes Ngesa Odundo said the public who were suspicious of the suspect, raised alarm, attracting other community members who jammed the area, demanding that Ochieng identifies himself.
“By this time, he had already cut off a section of the power line,” said the assistant chief adding that the suspect had pole climbing belt and hooks.
Odundo said that the public also impounded the suspect’s motorcycle and the electricity cables that he had already vandalized and handed them to the police.
By Philip Onyango