Kisumu County will begin the construction of a modern stadium by next year, the CEC in charge of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sports Achie Ojany Alai has said.
Achie says the local government has already obtained an approval form and will work Football Kenya Federation (FKF) through the project as they seek to find a worthy home for the football mad region.
The County Sports chief declined to disclose the proposed location of the facility but confirmed it will be built on the outskirts of the lakeside city of Kisumu.
“We have put into consideration other sporting disciplines other than football so it will have separate basketball and volleyball pitches,” Achie told Citizen Digital.
The official added that the Moi Stadium will undergo a facelift as part of the county’s agreement with an unnamed donor.
‘’We shall also use sport as a way of bringing youth together and even as a form of employment, and I urge the youth of this country to take sport seriously as it will be for their own benefit,” Achie said.
Kisumu Governor Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o is among the officials who accompanied President Uhuru Kenyatta to Cuba. President Kenyatta left the country on Tuesday the Caribbean nation to seek a helping hand for his healthcare policy in the Big Four Agenda. On Friday, Prof Nyong’o told the Nation that he was in Cuba courtesy of the Council of Governor’s Health committee, which he is a member. The committee is chaired by Isiolo Governor Mohamed Kutti.
“I am in Cuba to represent the interest of the Council of Governors in regards to health care,”
Prof. Nyong’o was the initiator of NHIF Universal Healthcare project in Kenya, which is a key factor in the delivery of Kenya’s health agenda.
On their first day in Cuba, the Kenyan delegation visited the Caribbean nation’s leading research and pharmaceutical group, Labiofam, to study how the country has innovated in its fight against tropical diseases. The Kenyan officials promised to work closer with Cuba to replicate its success. Through Labiofam, Cuba is expected to train health staff undertaking malaria programmes in Kenya so as to utilise, minimise costs and time taken to fully implement the programme.
The visit came just a few days after President Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga resolved to work together for the sake of the country.