CS Echesa warns stadia contractors over laxity


CS Echesa warns stadia contractors over laxity
Sports CS Rashid Echesa(Left) when he made an impromptu visit to the Kasarani Stadium.PHOTO/COURTESY

In Summary

  • Sports and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa has warned stadia contractors over laxity as the Government seeks to have Nairobi ready in time to host the 2020 IAAF World Under-20 Championships
  • Echesa took issue with the slow pace of the Karatu Stadium construction works during his tour of the facility in Gatundu South on Wednesday

Sports and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa has warned stadia contractors over laxity as the Government seeks to have Nairobi ready in time to host the 2020 IAAF World Under-20 Championships.

Echesa took issue with the slow pace of the Karatu Stadium construction works during his tour of the facility in Gatundu South on Wednesday.

He warned its contractors that tenders for the facility would be re-advertised if their pace failed to convince the Government in three months’ time.

“This is very a big event for the country and we expect a lot of tourists coming here because of the same event. We want to make sure that we have enough facilities to host that event,” Echesa said.

He also urged County Governors to work closely with the National Government to fast track construction of talent academies to ensure that grassroots talents are nurtured.

Sport Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti said that his organisation was working in earnest to complete the construction of talent academies.

“We are ready to ensure that we finish that program of building academies and sports centres around Kasarani where the main event will be held,” he said.

“We are looking around the neighbouring counties among them Kiambu where we can get venues for building sports academies which can be used for training and support centres towards that event,” Muteti offered.

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria who accompanied the CS said that Gatundu, Kiamwangi, Kimunyu and Mundooro stadia have also been identified for upgrading to national standards.

“Looking at the proximity of Gatundu South to Nairobi, where the maximum time from Kasarani is not more than 25 minutes. We are in a strategic position to be able to host some of the training facilities for the IAAF championships,” said Kuria.

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