The contractor working on the Kamariny Stadium in Iten has been given upto August 31st, 2020 to complete the rehabilitation of the facility or risk action by the Government.
Sports Kenya Director General Mr Pius Metto who toured the facility on Monday said the Government will not entertain excuses by the contractor once the deadline on the return to work framework expires.
“The contractor came to Nairobi and he signed a return to work framework giving us the assurance that he will be done by August 31st. We will hold him to that,” he said.
Metto said although works had resumed at the Stadium, he expressed disappointment with the slow pace of construction and the limited number of workers engaged by the contractor.
“Why is it that you have few workers? Does it mean that Iten has no human capital to come here and work? I want you to mobilize more equipment and manpower to hasten this project. You have only two months to go,” he told the Contractor.
Governor Alex Tolgos who accompanied the Director General in the tour also expressed his displeasure at the contractors’ pace of works saying athletes had for a long time lacked an ideal training ground.
“For many years, Kamariny has been the main training base for athletes from this County and others from neighbouring counties as well as foreign athletes. This stadium is therefore a key facility for the country and it is regrettable it is in this state for this long,” he said.
The Director General and the Governor were accompanied by Directors of Sports Kenya Board, Sports CEC Anita Kimwatan, Deputy County Commissioner Julius Maiyo among other government officials.
Maiyo said the government would exempt the contractor from the 9 pm curfew restriction to allow him work round the clock to beat the August deadline. He added that his office would also offer him security should he decide to work at night to hasten the works.
Once the Stadium is complete, Metto said the Government intends to make it a world class facility, adding that the management of the facility would be done jointly done by Sports Kenya and the County Government.
Governor Tolgos said among the many good plans the County for the stadium is the establishment of a hall of fame in the facility where Kenya’s athletics history will be domiciled.
“We also intend to have a sports academy here to develop the future athletes of this country. Athletics has given us a good name to Kenya globally and we should invest in this sport to sustain our international fame for years to come,” he added.