Namwamba: National government to take charge of Bukhungu Stadium renovations

Namwamba: National government to take charge of Bukhungu Stadium renovations

Mark Kinyanjui 09:50 - 09.06.2024

Sports CS Ababu Namwamba has confirmed that the national government will take over the renovation works currently going on at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega.

In a significant move to ensure the timely completion of Bukhungu Stadium's renovation in Kakamega, the state has assumed control of the project from the county government. 

Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba announced this change, attributing the shift to the financial difficulties faced by the county administration.

Namwamba emphasised the urgency of the project, highlighting its importance in the preparations for the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations. 

"We had some hitches in regards to the transition of the project from the county to the national government but that has now been sorted out and we are now good to go," Namwamba stated as quoted on The Star.

Originally, the national government had allocated Sh760 million for the stadium's upgrade under a prior arrangement.

However, due to the financial strain on the county government of Kakamega, a revised funding model is now in place. Namwamba explained, "The county government has requested the national government to take over the project due to the financial challenges they are facing."

“We are, therefore, revising those targets and the financing arrangement to see how we can take over the commitments that the county government had made."

The transition of responsibilities has necessitated a review of several aspects of the project, including its design, contractual obligations, and timelines. 

Namwamba clarified, "This is a contract that was entered into by the previous county government of Kakamega. The current county government inherited this arrangement. Now, the national government has become an inheritor of an arrangement that had a number of issues that touch on design, nature of the contract, and targeted timelines."

To streamline the project, the national government has set new targets and timelines, aiming to run the renovation works smoothly and efficiently. The Sports CS assured that the national government is committed to fast-tracking the upgrade and addressing any inherited challenges promptly.

Namwamba was accompanied by Higher Education Principal Secretary Beatrice Inyangala during the announcement, underscoring the government's unified approach to completing the stadium renovations.

This takeover is seen as a critical step in ensuring that Bukhungu Stadium meets the standards required for hosting international events, particularly the upcoming 2027 Africa Cup of Nations.

 The national government's intervention aims to overcome previous obstacles and accelerate the completion of the stadium, providing a significant boost to the region's sports infrastructure.