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Gvt allocate Sh1.8bn for construction of 3 Stadia


BUDGET-CASENAIROBI, June 11 – The National Treasury has allocated Sh1.8 billion for construction of three major Stadiums in Nairobi, Mombasa and Eldoret in the 2015/2016 financial year.

In his budget statement to Parliament on Thursday, National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich called on the Ministry of Sports, Arts and Culture to efficiently use the allocation by employing modern technology of construction.

The Treasury CS pointed out that the Government will partner with private sector to expand and modernize Sports facilities in the country.

“Development and support of sports culture and heritage remain a key priority of government so us to nature the talent of our youth. As you all know Kenya is known throughout the world for its disputed command of athletics.

Our athletes continue to do our country proud and we aim to develop a pool of such sportsmen and women. Our goal is to make Kenya a sports alb in the region and internationally,” Rotich announced.

“As a start I have allocated Sh1.8billion to construct a major stadium in Nairobi, Mombasa and Eldoret, this will encourage growth of youth talent of sports and nature them as a catalyst for growth and development,” the CS stated.

The Jubilee government promised to construct five stadia in Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Eldoret and Garissa as well as rehabilitating the existing ones in five years.

The county’s only international standard Stadia are Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani and Nyayo National Stadium both located in Nairobi but they are yet to be fully refurbished.

A fortnight ago, the Kipchoge Keino Stadium situated in Uasin Gishu County was officially opened after renovation that included the laying of the tartan track in the area that produces virtually all the track champions.

The stadium was stalled since 2010 when the renovation works started after former President Mwai Kibaki ordered for a facelift of the facility.

The construction of the three major Stadiums in the major cities will come in handy as the country prepares to host 2017 IAAF World Youth Championships in Nairobi.