In Summary
  • Sh64 million had been set aside to complete construction work on the facility in the 2014-2015 financial year, but only fencing was done
  • In the 2018-2019 financial year, another Sh73 million was allocated to the same project, but no work was done
  • Nyagarama has since requested for financial support from the national government to complete work on the stadium, saying the devolved unit lacked adequate funds

The Nyamira County Government is under the spotlight for neglecting sports facilities in the region despite having a budgetary allocation for improving stadiums in the county every financial year.

The county has no modern sports facility. The main sports facility, Manga Stadium, is in a deplorable state, yet construction work at the stadium was launched five years ago.

Sh64 million had been set aside to complete construction work on the facility in the 2014-2015 financial year, but only fencing was done.

Last year, an official at the county had hinted that construction work would be finalised last July, but even that deadline passed with nothing being done at the stadium.

“We will channel resources in the sports department towards completion of the stadium,” Bernard Osumo, the county executive in charge of sports at the time, said.

“There is no need of having many incomplete projects. Let’s finalise one major project, then deal with the others,” he added. In the 2018-2019 financial year, another Sh73 million was allocated to the same project, but no work was done. Once complete, the facility is expected to have a main stand, a VIP area with capacity for 4,000 and two spectator stands, each with a capacity of 1,400 fans.

The stadium is also expected to have standard changing rooms, security lights, treatment areas for players and an inner perimeter fence.

Efforts by Nation Sport to get comment from the county executive in charge of sports, Johnstone Obike, proved futile. Obike declined to comment on the matter.

“I’m not ready to talk about that issue now. I am attending to other official duties,” Obike said on phone.

Governor John Nyagarama appointed Obike about four months ago, sparking off protests from locals.

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