The Star (Nairobi)

28 November 2012

Kenya: Narok Town Council to Invest Sh200 Million in Modern Stadium

NAROK Town Council yesterday announced that they would spend Sh200million to construct modern stadium to be known as Narok Sports Arena.

The council's finance chairman Dennis Naisho said the design of the modern sports ground is complete. Naisho said only the tendering process is remaining but they intend to kick off the construction by next month.

"The sports complex will have basketball and volley ball gymnasium, hockey pitch and athletics track. The facility will no doubt inspire the youth to come out in big numbers to showcase their talents," said Niasho. He said they will take a year to complete the works at Narok

Stadium, adding that a perimeter fence will also be put in place to avoid cow grazing and intruders as it is the case now. He said the facility will have two modern main stands and main car parking within the stadium for sports fans to park their vehicles during events.

Town Clerk Godfrey Kwena denied claims that the council has abandoned the stadium but noted that their efforts were being frustrated by individuals who have least value for sports.

"We recently spent money leveling the football pitch and planting grass. Unfortunately the community took the opportunity to graze their cattle on the green grass," moaned Kwena. He accused scrap metal dealers of stealing the metallic goal posts the council had erected.

"We were forced to keep the posts, which were spared by the metal dealers. Once the security of the stadium is improved the council will provide the posts," he added. Narok Business Central Association chairman David Ole Sankok attributed the state of the stadium to the community's lack of cooperation.

"David Rudisha came and planted a tree at the stadium but it was eaten by the cattle that roam the stadium freely. There is need for the community to change the attitude they have towards sports," said Sankok who exempted the council from blame.

The deplorable poor state of stadium has resulted to wheat farmers taking advantage of open field to dry their produce. Not to be left behind, car washers have also capitalised the stadium's proximity to the river to cash in on the free space.

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