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Nyayo Stadium refurbishment far from over as deadline nears

There are fears that refurbishment of the Nyayo National Stadium may not be completed this year.

The repairs which are going at a snail’s pace do not mirror the six-month time-frame set by the Government to complete the work which shall cost the exchequer Sh450 million.

It can be recalled that on March 8 when Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Achesa made an impromptu visit to Nyayo Stadium and Kasarani, he said that he had been assured by the contractor that the refurbishment will be completed in 60 days after which the contractor shall hand over the facilities to the government.

However, a spot-check by People Sport at the 30,000 capacity Nyayo Stadium paints a different picture as the 300 persons workforce struggled to beat the deadlines with barely 40 per cent of the work complete.

The torrential rains currently pounding Nairobi and other parts of the country have made things even worse with work stalling time and again whenever the heavens open even as we came to learn that the contractor had received express instructions from Sports Kenya to deny the media access to the facility in a bid to cover up the slow progress.

According to a worker who sought anonymity, the big pool of water outside the planned VIP section has been the major hindrance in laying hardcore with the same problem affl icting the adjacent swimming pool where work is also moving at a slow rate.

“We drained the water for work to begin but overnight rains made it impossible and it might as well mean that we shall do it when the rains stop completely. These are some of the challenges we are facing,” he said. Save for the parking bay as well as the installation of casement panes outside the main stadium where substantial work has been done, most of the areas are far from complete with moulds of black cotton soil lying inside the stadium.

However, there was a sense of progress in the toilets where electrical installation is being done by technicians who have been working on shifts.
The same cannot be said of the offi ces in all the blocks despite tenants having been instructed to vacate four months ago to facilitate the refurbishment including giving them a new coat of paint.

Looking closer, nothing has been done on the terraces while thin layer of cement is strewn on the playing surface amidst reports that grass will be planted when the rains subside.

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