Siaya County government has committed to revamp Migwena grounds in Bondo Sub County into a modern stadium before December 2023.
Speaking during the closure of four days cultural and sports events that kicked-off on 29th December, Siaya Governor James Orengo said they have already committed funds for the envisaged stadium.
“We are not just speaking for the sake of it. When we come back at the end of the year for such festivities expect a big change here. We have already allocated money for the designs and work will begin soon,” Orengo said
The governor observed that Migwena grounds, which hosts annual cultural and sports activities in Siaya remains dilapidated, yet was a significant heritage to the county people.
“This is a very important cultural ground and we have to improve its standard so that future festivals are held in a befitting, playable field surfaces,” added Orengo.
The just concluded cultural festivities and sports attracted thousands of spectators with competitors drawn from Siaya and neighboring counties.
The events that took place included athletics, boxing, netball, tug of war and soccer for both male and female teams, which saw winners take home prize money and trophies, while participating teams received uniforms and playing equipment courtesy of the county government.
Orengo further disclosed that Siaya stadium which has been under construction for the last three years will finally be unveiled in March this year, with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga expected to officially open the twenty-thousand-seater capacity facility.
“We will officially open the Siaya stadium in March this year. We expect Gor Mahia, a top Kenyan football team with players drawn from across Siaya County, to play during the opening which will be graced by Odinga,” he reiterated.
He said his government is ready to invest in sports to nurture talents, citing Morocco, the first African country to reach world cup semifinals, as a beneficiary of government deliberate investment in the improvement of the entire sports infrastructure from the grassroots.
By Brian Ondeng