- Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has confirmed the approval of Sh350 million for the construction of the new stadium in Kisumu that will be completed in the next 6 months.
The ground has been hosting rugby matches including Kenya Cup (Kisumu RFC), National Sevens Circuit (Dala 7s), and Kenya rugby 15s international games with the latest being Elgon Cup match between Uganda and Kenya Simbas.
The 20,000-seater stadium that will be built on the ASK Mamboleo showground will be renamed after Kenya’s first President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, (Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium).
“President Kenyatta promised to build an international stadium in Kisumu, which would serve all the Lake Region Economic Block, and today, we are laying the ground for the construction of this stadium,” CS Amina said.
“There is great talent in Kisumu and the region continues to produce iconic rugby, football, and basketball players despite lacking in infrastructure and relevant sporting facilities. With this new development, we hope to give athletes from this area an opportunity of improving their talent,” she added.
“The stadium will be named after our founding father, the late Mzee Kenyatta in honor of his sacrifice in the fight for freedom of Kenya’s independence,” she stated.
Amina termed the stadium as a sign of good development and infrastructure the government is extending to all counties in Kenya. She also hailed the region as full of talents
In a way of paying tribute to Kenya’s two most iconic national figures, CS Amina named the historic Jomo Kenyatta sports ground after Kenya’s first Vice President, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga.
“In the history of this nation – the Nation’s first Vice president Jaramogi Oginga Odinga dreamed of football development and youth empowerment and we are fulfilling his dreams with this iconic sports ground,” she concluded.
According to Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyongo, who accompanied the Sports CS, said that the construction is a good sign that the president is fulfilling his promise of building stadiums in Kenya.
He also said he is looking forward to not only having the new stadium but also plans to renovate the stalled Moi Stadium, which has been in a deplorable state.