The latest pronouncement by the government to trim down number of modern stadia promised by Jubilee government in last election by two was met by mixed reactions from a section of football fans.
Jubilee government had promised to construct five modern stadia in Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa, Nakuru and Garissa but that changed tune, reducing the number to three from five during the party’s manifesto launched on Monday.
Deputy President William Ruto said that the government will now construct three modern stadia in Nairobi, Mombasa and Eldoret with additional promise to upgrade more county stadia in Makueni, Elgeyo Marakwet, Kiambu, Marsabit, Chuka and Nyeri.
Poor state of infrastructure is now threatening Kenyan’s bid to host 2018 Chan championship with only two - Kasarani and Kinoru - given green light by Caf team of inspectors, who recently toured the projects.
Hassan Wario, the Sports Cabinet Secretary’s conspicuous absence in the list of CS, who laid down achievements by their respective ministry, did not go well with sports lovers with the timeline given by the government to have nine stadia in nine months.
“When Kenya showed interest to host CHAN, they were pegging their hope on Jubilee's 5 ultra-modern stadia - @dennisokeyo
“Am still waiting for jubilee to launch and commission 5 stadia as it was in the manifesto.” @Braniquez
@GilbertMkenya "#GamePlan2017 Manifestos are a bunch of tricks to blindfold Kenyans. For evidence, where are the 5 modern stadia by Jubilee?”
Ruto said that all the nine stadia will be in place by March next year, just three months before Kenya hosts Chan 2018.