The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Namwamba Halts Sh18 Million Stadium Renovations Pending Audit

SPORTS minister Ababu Namwamba has halted the Sh18 million renovation of the Municipal Council of Mombasa stadium pending an audit of the works that have dragged for years.

Namwamba, who was on an intensive tour of the Coast region at the weekend wants the audit to be conducted within a week before he takes action.

The construction works that targeted the tracks, lavatories, the perimeter fence, entries and general wiring including the flood lights have dragged for over the year as nothing has been done so far ever since the contractor went to the site in April 2011.

A shocked Namwamba fumed on being informed the works, still incomplete, had already consumed Sh18 million. The fact the contractor was not present to explain the progress of the only stadium in Mombasa county did not help improve the Minister's mood.

"This is a big joke, I order a halt to any further works till an audit is done and a report presented to me by the end of the coming week," he said.

When the minister was taken round by stadium manager Hamid Abubakar only two toilets were halfway done, the running track had not been done, the stadium gates were in a pathetic state and there was no electricity compelling Namwamba to use his mobile phone to inspect the dark and dinghy toilets.

Namwamba who was flanked by FKF South Coast branch chairman and Secretary Hamisi Mwayoyo and Evans Mwachia threatened to take action on the contractor for shoddy and incomplete works that have dragged for almost two years.

He said any person found to have embezzled funds will not go scot free. When contacted later by phone, a director of the contraction firm identified as a Mr Wambugu, brushed off the issue saying he was not ready to answer questions including that of the amount allocated and the potions of work supposed to be done. "You can get all the information you are asking from the stadium if you go there.

There is what we call the bill of quantity that will answer whatever you are asking and it is at the stadium, just go there," Wambugu said before hanging up.

Namwamba said he would do everything possible to ensure the cash is not only accounted for but is returned if found it has been stolen.

"Being the second largest city in the country Mombasa cannot lack a state of the art stadium simply because people want to eat. That will never happen. They must account and if need be return every single coin embezzled," he vowed.

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