President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed that Gusii Stadium be renamed after the late veteran politician Simon Nyachae.
Addressing mourners on Monday, 15th February, at Gusii Stadium, the President said the government would allocate an additional Ksh150 million to the Kisii County government to rebuild the stadium before 2022.
“In his memory and to fortify our appreciation for this great son of Kenya, as a government, we have considered it fit to rename this stadium (Gusii Stadium) to the Simeon Nyachae Stadium. And to ensure that this stadium is completed by the end of this year and to an international standard, we will allocate an additional Ksh150 million to the county government,” said the President.
The Head of State told the Sports ministry to establish a Sports Academy at Nyanturago Stadium in Nyaribari Chache, Nyachae’s home constituency.
The academy will be renamed after legendary athlete Nyantika Maiyoro, who passed away in February 2019.
Maiyoro was among Kenya’s first three participants in athletics at the Olympics, a breakthrough achieved at the 1956 Games in Melbourne, Australia, where Kenya competed for the first time, then as a British colony.
In Melbourne, he featured in the 5,000 metres and finished an impressive seventh (13 minutes, 53.25 seconds) with Kanuti Sum, finishing 31st in the marathon (2:58:42) while Joseph Leresae was 18th in the high jump.
Nyachae, who died on 1st February, 2021, will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at his Nyosia Village this afternoon.
Present at Gusii Stadium today were Deputy President William Samoei Ruto, Wiper Party leader Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, ODM boss Raila Amollo Odinga, Baringo Senator, and Kanu chairman Gideon Moi, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Ford-Kenya chief Moses Wetang’ula, and Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka.