The county government of Trans Nzoia has initiated a fresh bid to facelift the Kenyatta stadium within Kitale town at a cost of sh 29 million after the first phase was clouded with graft.
The project which was among the flagship projects attracted the attention of the Ethics and Anti-corruption commission (EACC) with culprits facing a legal battle in court over misappropriation of public funds.
The project which was given a green light in 2018 will focus on reconstruction of the football pitch, running track, terraces and a pavilion on the existing 6 acres of land with plans to reposes grabbed 10 acres for extra developments.
“We tasked a consultant to develop designs which will guide the face lift to avoid a repeat of past mistakes,” said the county executive committee member in charge of sports Aggrey Chemonges.
The funds for the project were factored in the 2019/20 financial year budget targeting to face lift the stadia to a 20,000 fans capacity.
Mr. Chemonges said the county government has also initiated talks with individuals who encroached on the ten acres of land to have them relocate to Bondeni market to give room for expansion of the stadium.
“The 10 acres will accommodate a parking lot, gym, hostels and cafeteria among other social amenities. We want to give the stadium a new face to accommodate a variety of sporting events,” he said.
The stadium plays host to the FKF division one league, regional athletic competitions, school competitions and national volleyball championships among other sporting events.