The government is set to begin construction works for the upgrade of Jomo Kenyatta Sportsground in Kisumu according to Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed who made the revelation during a visit to Kisumu County.
She said the government had already sent experts from the ministry of public works to carry out a site assessment.
“We hope that we will get a report very quickly from the team so that we can embark on the actual construction works at the grounds, and as per the plans, deliver the ultimate state-of-the-art stadium that meets international standards, by December this year,” she said.
Kisumu City is set to host the premiere Africities Summit in the year 2021. The international conference is expected to bring with it tens of thousands of delegates and should set Kisumu and the region on a tourism growth trajectory.
Kisumu County government on Tuesday announced tenders for contracts to upgrade some of its public urban spaces in preparation for the delegates.
Among some of the recent changes in the city’s urban environmental outlook is the transformation of a dumpsite into a botanical garden. The former dumpsite which for many years has been an eyesore in the Lakeside City is now the Prof. Nyongó Botanical Garden named after the county’s second governor.
CS Amina Mohamed said Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground will add to the list of sports facilities on the government’s upgrade program which includes Nyayo Stadium, Kasarani, Kipchoge Kipkeino in Eldoret and a Marsabit stadium.
“We have two stadiums in Kiambu and Narok that we plan to begin working on soon. The one at Kiambu will be the construction of a new stadia while that at Narok will be a modernization of the already existing Narok Stadium,” she added.
CS Amina Mohamed also mentioned that the government was keen on carrying out future works on Kakamega’s Bukhungu Stadium in collaboration with the county government.