CS Namwamba delivers key update on renovation works at Kasarani, Nyayo Stadium

Tuesday, May 14th, 2024 12:34 | By
Sports CS Ababu Namwamba at Bukhungu during the ground breaking session. PHOTO/MOYASA
Sports CS Ababu Namwamba at Bukhungu during the ground breaking session. PHOTO/MOYASA

Cabinet Secretary for Sports Ababu Namwamba has assured the public that all stalled projects will be completed and the new ones completed in time.

Kenya, just like Uganda, is in a race to complete renovation works at its key stadiums as preparations for hosting the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations pick up speed.

The Ministry of Sports is renovating various projects in the country, and Namwamba says this is in line with the master plan they have in place.

"Masinde Muliro Stadium in Kanduyi, Bungoma County, is part of our transformative Sports and Creatives Infrastructure Masterplan, which is guiding our deliberate efforts to upgrade this long-neglected sector.

"The Masterplan covers international stadia like the ultra-modern 60,000-capacity Talanta Sports City currently under construction and the planned Shanzu Stadium in Mombasa; regional stadia like this one ongoing in Bungoma, Bukhungu, Ruring'u in Nyeri, and Moi Stadium Embu, alongside those planned in different parts of the country, including Kamariny, Busia, Mombasa, Ol Kalau, Kapkatet, Njukiri, Marsabit, Garissa, among others; and community facilities that include a series of sports academies and the 48 athletics training centres we are rolling out countrywide.

"We will also complete all stalled projects we inherited, even as we continue the upgrade of old stadia like Nyayo, Kasarani, and Kipchoge Keino Eldoret. Kenya's talent pipeline must be serviced by fitting infrastructure," Namwamba said in a statement on X.

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Meanwhile, a temporary secretariat for the Africa's audio-visual sector in Nairobi has been launched. The AACC is spearheaded by the African Union and was established in Maputo, Mozambique, in 2003 to coordinate the audio-visual sector with AU member states.

The Principal Secretary of the State Department for Youth Affairs and Creative Economy, Ismail Maalim, who represented Namwamba during the launch, said that the choice of Kenya to host the temporary Secretariat affirms Kenyaโ€™s resolve to be a competitive hub for the continent, riding on the good ICT infrastructure and robust training institutions capable of building capacity in audio-visual-related careers.

A signed agreement between Kenya and Americaโ€™s Grammy Awards and Hollywoodโ€™s Invention Studios is expected to complement learning opportunities and comparative learning programmes for the entire continent. 

โ€œWe have deployed qualified technical staff as well as support staff to ensure a smooth take-off of the Secretariat.

"Africaโ€™s rich tapestry of stories, traditions, and experiences is a testament to its vibrant diversity and resilience, and cinema is a powerful medium through which we celebrate our heritage, express our aspirations, and share our narrative with the world,โ€ Namwamba said in a statement read by Maalim.

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