Joho to splash Sh1.2b on rotting Mombasa stadium

By Ernest Ndunda: Tuesday, August 21st 2018 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Sports
Constructions at the Mombasa County Stadium on Wednesday,08th June,2016. The Stadium expected to be funded by the County Government at a cost of Multi Millions Shillings will increase the sitting capacity from 9,000 to 30,000 people and expected to complete by end of this year.PHOTO BY MAARUFU MOHAMED/STANDARD

County to seek expertise from Spain and Turkey to renovate the historical arena

Parliamentary Committee on Sports and Heritage PS Mukobe visit facility.

After waiting for five years in vain for the national government to fulfill its pledge of constructing stadiums in all major towns, Mombasa County Government has decided to pick up the bill.

The Hassan Joho led county has set aside Sh1.2 billion to renovate the dilapidated Mombasa Stadium, which was closed three years ago for renovations, which were later abandoned half way.

Heritage Principal Secretary Josephta Mukobe(centre) with some of the Parliamentary Committee members on Sports, Heritage and Culture as they toured the Mombasa Stadium grounds after works were grounded since early last year, August 19, 2018. Mombasa County has pumbed in Sh1.2 billion for the work to start again. [PHOTO BY GIDEON MAUNDU/STANDARD].

Mombasa County Chief Executive Officer of Sports Rajab Babu told a high-powered parliamentary committee on sports led by its Chairman Victor Munyaka that the county has set aside Sh1.2 billion for the facility.

“Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has shown great interest in having an international standard stadium in the county,” said Babu.

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Babu, who is also the coach of the Harambee Stars beach team said the process of procurement had begun and is expected to be completed soon.

“We have sourced for expertise from Spain and Turkey and we expect to come up with a world class stadium,” said Babu.

He said the current stadium will be modernised to accommodate 20,000 spectators from the current 13,000 and will be completed within 12 months from the start date.

Culture and Heritage Principal Secretary Josephta Mukombe, who accompanied the parliamentary team reiterated the government’s stand on constructing stadiums in all the 47 counties.

“Government’s vision is to construct sports infrastructure in all the 47 counties to encourage young boys and girls to take up sports as a career,” said the PS.

“Some of the sports infrastructure are yet to be constructed while others are either on-going or upgraded,” she said.            

Mukombe said the Mombasa stadium was meant for upgrading to international status because the county is a tourism hub.

Mukombe acknowledge the sports facility belonged to the county government and the government is ready to collaborate with it to see the facility is up to the standard.

“Both the county and the national governments have a role to play to ensure the stadium is face-lifted,” adding that the county government has to complete the civil work first.

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