September 21st 2017

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After four-year delay, Jubilee to build six stadiums in seven months

Among other important construction issues, the chairman did not indicate where the stadiums would be built in the counties, which firms were involved in the construction, whether the designs for the stadiums were ready or yet to be made or even the capacity of the stadiums.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comFriday, 20 Jan 2017 18:06 EAT

A snapshot of the Jubilee leaders' pledge of stadiums in their 2013 campaign billboards.

The chairman of Sports Kenya, the government agency responsible for sports development, Mr Fred Muteti, has announced the signing of memorandums of understanding with some county governments for the development of world class stadiums. Mr Muteti said the government will help Nyeri, Elgeyo Marakwet, Marsabit, Makueni, Tharaka Nithi and Kiambu county governments build the stadiums by August this year.

The chairman's announcement was seen in some quarters as being part of the Jubilee government's response to increased demands by opposition supporters for the government to deliver the world class stadiums it promised during 2013 general elections. But it was met with skepticism from Kenyans who said the August deadline was untenable and the government was "taking voters for fools".

Among other important construction issues, the chairman did not indicate where the stadiums would be built in the counties, which firms had got contracts to build them, or whether construction had begun and the designs for the stadiums. The announcement was variously described by Kenyans a "dry joke," "pie in the sky", and even "another false promise".

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