The government through the ministry of Sports has assured the public that Kipchoge Keino stadium in Eldoret will be ready for use in April, which may be an elephant project to complete within the said timeline.
Permanent secretary in the ministry of Sports Kirimi Kaberia toured the facility on Saturday and said that the facility which has been under construction to meet international standards will be complete in April.
“We have projected all works on the stadium that will end on April. All contractors and they have assured that the set timeline they will be through with constructions works,” said Kaberia.
But a look at the facility, face one, which is supposed to have four storey, the contractor has not finished setting up the foundation. The phase One consists of VIP lounge, offices, dressing rooms among others.
Parking lot, which was set to accommodate 400 vehicles has not started, which puts the said dateline under scrutiny.
“We are here specifically to check on how much work has been done on this stadium and assured that come April we want to see this stadium among others ready for commissioning. We have even contractors who will be planting grass and other soft services. Today we are here to get their commitment and they have agreed with us that all works will be done by April,” added Kaberia.
Phase two contractor has built and the works is 70% complete, which is less than a quarter of the total stadium, but the phase one contractor from Shiv Engineers has turned down their tools citing lack of government commitment.
“A special team will be camping here to ensure that the timelines we have agreed on are met. We have agreed that starting Monday, everybody is going to kick-start from where he had left,” added kabria.
The facility was set to host Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) but it did not happen as Kenya’s hosting rights were withdrawn and handed to Morocco.
“We did not lose the hosting rights due to infrastructure but political instability in the country,” said Kaberia who was accompanied by Sports Kenya Officials led by chairman Fred Muteti.