Kenya’s ruling party, the Jubilee Party of Kenya unveiled it’s manifesto ahead of elections scheduled for August on Monday night, giving sports a couple of seconds in the event.
In their promises to the nation in the buildup to the August Polls, various Cabinet Secretaries made addresses to the nation, unveiling their achievements and laying forth promises in the coming years. Spectacularly absent was the Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario.
Before assuming power in 2013, President Kenyatta had pledged at least five new stadia to the nation, in addition to refurbishing the existing facilities. However, to date, that is still a pipe dream. With CS Wario absent, persistent queries on social media would force the day’s Master of Ceremonies to pose the question to the deputy president William Ruto, minutes to the close of the event.
“In 6 months time, the stadium in Wote will be complete as will that one in Chuka. In 3 months, the stadium in Moyale will be complete. In 6 months, another stadium in West Pokot will be complete and that will be historic. In a couple of months the stadium in Kiambu will be complete,” Deputy President William Ruto defended their administration, adding, “The President issued a title for a stadium in Nyeri, and that too is underway. In Mombasa, we had challenges with ownership of the land and that is being sorted. We already have signed contracts and are ready to go. We also have challenges in Kisumu as a dumpsite is still close to the stadium, hampering any development works. Once that is cleared, we will be good to go.”
The upcoming 2017 IAAF Youth Championships also formed part of Ruto’s response, where he noted that the Government had set aside well over 300 million shillings to refurbish Nyayo and Kasarani stadiums.
Sports fanatics on social media however, remained critical of the Uhuru administration.
One Twitter user, @JumbaLuvai posted: There is an existing stadium beside the dump site Ruto referred to in KISUMU #JubileeManifesto
@Maxmasei posted: Nothing for western to smile about...a stadium in moyale bt none in Western?? #Jubileemanifesto
Another, @mwende_s posted : long does it take to build a stadium..we don't want rushed promises that will collapse on us.#JubileeManifesto
Despite the promises, Kenya is still struggling with a handful of stadia, and the nation’s chances of hosting the CHAN 2018 tournament hangs in the balance, thanks to ill preparation.


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