The National Assembly adopted the Report of the Departmental Committee on Sports, Culture and Tourism on the Inquiry Into the Status of Stadia in Kenya tabled on the floor of the on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
The report which was tabled by Committee Chairman and Mavoko Member of Parliament Patrick Makau after conducting inspection visits to various stadiums in the country established that most of the companies awarded the contracts for the construction of the stadia lack the requisite capacities in terms of finances and equipments to enable them deliver the projects on time.
“The estimated cost of the projects is Kshs 4.4 billion and the amount paid to date is Kshs 2.6 billion translating to 59% of the estimate.Sports Kenya ignored personnel from the State Department of Public works and contrary they engaged private consultants who did not demonstrate competency in their work. Most of the contractors undertaking works are behind schedule which may lead to the delay in the completion of the projects and further variations” Makau noted.
Nyayo national stadium was completed and reopened for use by President Uhuru on 16th of September 2020 and further directed Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed to ensure that all the pending stadia under renovation should be completed and ready for commissioning end of December 2020.
Under the fourth schedule of the Constitution, County Administrations have a critical role to play in the construction, management and maintenance of stadiums in the Country as well as rehabilitation of sports activities and facilities in Kenya.
Committee member and Kajiado East Legislator Peris Tobiko slammed the Governors for failure to prioritize sports development in their agenda.
She said that Ngong residents have been cautiously optimistic that the county government of Kajiado will complete the Ngong sports complex which has been under construction for almost 6 years with millions of money already spent on the facility.
” It is unfortunate that in my own county nothing is going to nurture talent and improve sports despite allocation of much resources towards the same. Funds meant for uplifting of facilities are being embezzled and the youth are crying because they can’t exercise their passion. Sports is so big in terms of employment creation and economy boost and the Governors should realize that and help in putting in place an enabling environment for the sector to thrive”
Kenya was stripped of the right to host the 2018 African Nations Championship by Confederation of African Football (Caf) after the reports from a team of inspectors from Caf, who visited Kenya in their assessment duty suggested that facilities for the tournament were not ready with despite the government having released funds to speed up the works.