Kirinyaga County in conjunction with the national government has embarked on construction of a sh300 million state of the arts stadium at Wang’uru play grounds in Mwea East Sub- County.
Sports Principal Secretary Joe Okudo said the mega stadium with three storied complexes, comprised of changing rooms, conference hall and a restaurant will be ready for use by end of the year.
Speaking at the venue Thursday, Okudo said when completed, the stadium will have a capacity of 15,000 spectators.
“Once this ultra-modern facility is done by December this year, it will be able to host local, national and international events and will be one of its kind in the region,” he said.
The PS who was in the county at the invitation of his Interior counterpart Karanja Kibicho said he was at the venue to assure residents on the actualization of the stadium, whose construction was ordered by President Uhuru Kenyatta when he visited Mwea early this year.
“When the Head of State visited the area then and found the stadium in a horrible state, he immediately ordered our ministry to move with speed and have a new one constructed, which we have now started,” said Okudo.
Area MP Kabinga Wachira who was also present urged the Sports PS to ensure that only technical personnel earmarked for construction of the stadium are sourced from outside, while the rest of the workers should come directly from the local residents.
“We have many jobless youths who should be given first priority in this project and I hope the relevant authorities have taken note of this so that the matter does not generate any misunderstanding when the actual construction works get underway,” said the MP.
Kibicho said since the project was under the national government, construction would start off immediately, without any further delay to ensure completion is done on schedule as planned.
“The fact that this project has now started is a clear indication that President Uhuru Kenyatta who ordered for the project during his earlier visit in the area does not give empty promises to his people and I therefore urge the contractor to move fast and deliver the same with the scheduled time frame,” he said.