CS Namwamba declares Kinoru Stadium substandard
Sports cabinet secretary Ababu Namwamba has termed the already completed Kinoru stadium construction work as shoddy work by the contractor.
Speaking while inspecting Kinoru stadium in Meru today, the CS said it was very unfortunate that Kenya tax payers paid ksh. 950 million to a contractor who did shandy work.
"I have made a ministerial directive to conduct an audit on all stadiums built recently to ascertain their standards vis a vis the amounts spent.
“This stadium cost the taxpayers close to a billion shillings. When I look around, I do not see a billion shillings. We must demand value for taxpayers' Money," Ababu stated.
Kinoru was one of the stadiums delivered by Uhuru's government towards the homestretch of his ten-year tenure.
The CS promised to address the problem of sub-standard sports facilities, which noted that they put athletes at risk of injury.
Kinoru Stadium, which was meant to be the largest in the upper eastern region, was among the venues that had been selected to host the 2018 African Nations Championship (Chan) matches and has been closed since 2015.
Kenya, however, lost the rights to host the premier tournament due to lack of enough stadiums.
The CS who was also in a tour to witness the progress of the ongoing KCSE examination in Meru county said Kenya is planning to join hands with Uganda and Tanzania to host the next African cup of nation.
The CS also said his ministry was committed in naturing young talents in sports thorough coming up with various sports academies in the country.