Promised Jubilee Stadiums, Muddy fields return to haunt Jubilee Government

Kamariny Stadium, West Pokot | PHOTO COURTESY

The ghost of Political promises has come to haunt the Jubilee government after the Auditor General raised a red flag over allocation of funds, awarded to stalled sports complex projects.

The state of the Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret has left Kenyans an angry lot after its sorry state surfaced the interwebs.

According to reports, funds allocated to the project were withdrawn shortly after African Nations Championship (Chan) organizers, Confederation of African Football (Caf), resorted to pulling its plug on Kenya for Morocco, attributing their actions to ‘lack of Seriousness’ by the Kenyan sports agencies.

The Treasury, resorted to withdrawing funds catered to upgrading 5 stadia: Moi International Sports Centre- Kasarani and Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi, Kinoru Stadium (Meru), Kipchoge Keino Stadium (Uasin Gishu), and Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos

According to the Auditor General, it is alleged that 699 Million shillings were pocketed as of June 30, 2018, with zero work shown. 11 % of the total amount allocated for the stadia upgrade.

Adding to the accusations it was also noted that contractors had abandoned the sites.

“A review of the implementation status of these projects in the year under review showed that there was a delay in completion and contractors had abandoned the sites” the audit points out.

It is only a matter of time before this stadium project blows into a full-blown 4.8B scandal. The Ministry of Sports has so far not commented on the matter.