An assessment report on government development projects on Kipchoge Keino Stadium has signalled impressive progress.
Speaking after a tour to Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret, Cabinet Administrative Secretary (CAS) Ministry of Sports, Culture and heritage Simon Kachapin said he was impressed by the status of the Sh 630 million project.
“It is in the interest of the government to see this stadium functional ahead of the scheduled Tokyo Olympic Games. The stadium has adequate capacity for our sports men and women to train on any event and this is what the Ministry is determined to achieve in elevating sports activities in our country,” he declared.
Accompanied by the Deputy County Commissioner, Moiben Sub-County Mohammed Bulle and Presidential Delivery Unit Director Timothy Kilimo, Kachapin stated the government has invested in the project to boost a special economic zone in the area in the coming days.
“I am satisfied with the kind of mobilization put in place to achieve President Uhuru Kenyattas’s development agenda. I am optimistic with the energy of the different stakeholders in place and hopefully the timeline put in place will be met,” he reiterated.
The CAS commended the work progress saying it is 80 per cent complete and assured contractors of any necessary support from the government to see this project is completed on scheduled time.
“Despite financial constraints outlined by the contractors, I have assured them of the financial assistance from the government that will see them through in making this coming Olympics a success.” He noted.
He called for continued collaboration between the stakeholders to ensure nothing backtracks the achievement made so far.
Presidential Delivery Unit Director Kilimo noted he was optimistic to see this project completed to facilitate the scheduled Olympic. “Despite the challenges of some contractors not doing their work as required, the new team of contractors on site are doing a good job and it will be a big success on completion to the president’s development agenda in this area,” he stated.
According to the site Engineer Geoffrey Kinyua, they have been tasked to build the remaining terraces and level the grounds before completing the project with the parking area.
“I’m happy with the progress so far. We are racing against time so that we can finish what was on the contract. The project consists of construction of the remaining terraces, drainage, roofing and the parking lot,” he explained.
The work progress is in three phases, phase one terrace building, phase two is Northern earth terrace and Southern earth terrace respectively.
Phase 1 and 2 is being built by Golbo Construction Ltd at a cost of 304,204,413.00 Million and phase two at a cost of 325,000,000 million.
The work is set to cover the VIP terraces, changing rooms, a conference hall, indoor games hall and terraces for between 15,000 to 25,000 spectators.
Kipchoge Keino Stadium stalled in 2017 immediately after the Sports Kenya and the County Government of Uasin Gishu signed an agreement to renovate the stadium.
By Hassan Adan Ali