- As the construction of the iconic Kipchoge Keino stadium in Eldoret has stalled, dated back to 2017, Sports Cabinet Secretary (CS) Amina Mohamed yesterday assured that the stadia will be completed in the next seven months.
CS Amina regretted the delay in the completion of the facilities, attributing it to a shortage of funds. She expressed hope that both stadiums will soon be ready to host national sporting events.
“Kipchoge Keino Stadium will be complete within a period of between six and seven months. We have been assured by the contractor that they are embarking on construction,” Amina said.
She acknowledges that the closure of these stadiums for face-lifts threw athletics training in the North Region – the home of a majority of the country’s runners into a spin, forcing budding athletes to turn to private and school facilities for their programs.
She said President Uhuru Kenyatta was keen on speedy completion of the stalled works.
“Kenya is an important nation in sporting activities, particularly athletics and we can’t do it without the sports facilities. We hope to have a national sporting competition in Eldoret soon,” Amina said.
Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno questioned why a perimeter wall and a parking lot were not included in the stadium’s architectural design.
“We fear that the delay in completing Kipchoge Keino and other stadia will negatively affect the training of short and middle distance running. We risk lacking a formidable Olympics team if we do not complete the stadia soon,” Chemno said.
The CS answered on the Chemno question that the new components will be included when the construction begins, pledging that the facility will be upgraded to international standards.
Earlier, Amina toured Kisumu but avoided Moi Stadium, which has also been dogged by controversies. Instead, Amina said she was in Kisumu to inspect the modernization of the Jomo Kenyatta Sports ground.
She added, “We have been directed by President Kenyatta to put up a modern stadium the Kisumu sports grounds. This initiative is supposed to be complete by December this year.”
Amina also revealed big plans and issued timelines for the completion of 10 other stadiums.
“Kasarani and Nyayo Stadium are almost done while two stadiums in Meru, Bukhungu, Kiambu, Narok, Marsabit, and among others, will be completed in 10 months,” she concluded.