Machakos to build ‘state of the art’ stadium – Mutua
Instead of upgrading the Kenyatta Stadium, the County Government of Machakos will instead build a new state of the art stadium that meets the international standards.
In a wide-ranging interview with Citizen Digital this week, Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua said that instead of using colossal sums in the refurbishment of the existing facility, they will channel the monies into building the new facility.
According to Mutua, the project will be a joint-venture between the public and the private sector.
He said:“We have already identified the contractor who will use his money to do the job. That is called a public-private partnership. We don’t want to spend our own resources on the project.”
Once that is complete, the current 15,000 seater Kenyatta Stadium will be used by local team, Masaku United FC, as their home ground.
The county boss at the same time said that his government will soon undertake minor renovations on the Kenyatta Stadium.
He said: “Currently, what we have on the pitch is Kikuyu grass and we are planning to have Bonita grass which is mostly used on golf courses…we will renovate the lighting system and the track too,”Mutua said, adding that, “when we installed the track it was spoilt by a tractor but we are doing everything to ensure the problem is fixed.”
And in a bid to improve sports in the region, the governor has promised to build other stadiums in every sub-county by the end of the year.
Kenyatta Stadium is currently used by Gor Mahia as its home ground after the Governor lifted the ban it had slapped on the league giants after a section of team’s fans went on the rampage following their loss to Sofapaka in 2014, in a league match.