Sports, Heritage and Culture Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed has confirmed that the national government is working with Kisumu County to turn Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground into a state-of-the-art international stadium.
Speaking on Thursday, 21st May, when she paid a courtesy call on Kisumu Governor Peter Anyang-Nyong’o, CS Amina said that President Uhuru Kenyatta had directed that the ground be modernised into a stadium.
“We were directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to put up a stadium on this ground (Kisumu) and make sure it is modern and a befitting stadium for the county. That’s why we are starting that journey today, we already have experts from the Ministry of Public Works who arrived on Wednesday, 20th May and have been working since they arrived,” said Amina.
She added the partnership would see the stadium well equipped with essential amenities by December.
Amina said that once the work is completed, the stadium will serve the western region in national leagues and other sports.
Governor Nyong’o lauded the initiative, noting that his administration had begun developing the ground.
“We have started putting some amenities at the grounds, we have a market, an ablution blocks which are important for a sports center,” said Nyong’o.
Nyong’o further added that he will make a number of changes in his plan for the upgrading of the ground to accommodate the efforts by the national government.
Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground is among grounds earmarked by the national government as flagship projects to be upgraded this year. Others include Kipchoge Keino, Elgeyo Marakwet, Kamariny and Ruring’u.
CS Amina also visited Uasin Gishu County to inspect the progress of works at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret, where she gave an assurance that it would be completed in the next seven months.
She noted that the Ministry of Sports was committed to completing pending works and to make it ready use during upcoming regional and international events.