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Murang’a County has no single standard stadium, just big plans

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If counties were to be awarded for having the best artistic impression of stadiums in Kenya, Murang’a would win hands down.

Driving along Maragua-Gakoigo-Kigumo road in Murang’a County, one cannot fail to see a white signage of Gakoigo Stadium erected by the contractor. The signage promises a very modern stadium with a pristine pitch.

Murang’a County Governor Mwangi Wairia is in his sixth year in office and you would expect that the stadium project is now complete. But upon driving into the stadium, you get the feeling that you have made a wrong turn and ended up in someone’s yard. The only complete thing in the stadium is a perimeter wall and even then, there is no gate. Gakoigo Stadium in Maragua was established in 1960s as an arena for agricultural trade fare, public rallies and sports.

The grounds are regularly used by Athletics Kenya Central Branch to stage cross country meetings and track competitions. A few structures from the past, including a spectator tower, exhibition stands, two terraces and old exotic and indigenous trees still stand.

The dusty red loam soil on the pitch, rusty goalposts and a steeplechase pool filled with rocks and plastic containers are enough evidence that sports is not a priority for leaders in the area. Area Member of County Assembly Zablon Machugu blamed the county government for not doing enough to develop the facility.

“This is supposed to be the county’s sports hub because there is enough space for everything. The county government should have prioritised this stadium to not only promote sporting talent but also the economy of this place,” said Machugu.

Asked how much money the county government has allocated for upgrading the stadium, the Nginda Ward representative said he had no clue, bringing to question his oversight role in the county.

And approximately 15 kilometres away in Kiharu Constituency, the situation is not any different at the popular Ihura Stadium situated along Kenyatta Highway in Murang’a town.

A contractor’s signage hidden between an old ablution block and the gate paints a picture of a modern sports facility but the reality on the ground is different.

The county government has installed seven floodlights around the stadium, sunk a borehole to irrigate the grass and erected a perimeter wall around the facility. There are also three access gates and a main gate. The stadium is popular with political rallies especially during electioneering period.

A goalpost at the football pitch of Gakoigo Stadium, Murang’a County. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Unlike the expansive Gakoigo Stadium, Ihura Stadium sits on smaller parcel of land that can’t accommodate a standard sports facility.

There is also Mumbi Stadium, just five minute’s drive east of Ihura Stadium along Maragua-Sagana road. The county plans to use Mumbi Stadium as the main venue for football. A county sports official who sought anonymity because he is not authorised to comment on the matter said an inner perimeter wall be constructed in the stadium this month.

Besides a strong perimeter wall around it, nothing much by way of construction has taken place inside the facility which is also popular with political rallies and church crusades. But General Kago Stadium in Kangema is just an open ground located right behind Kangema townships.

Murang’a Sports Executive Edward Muiruri, the county has undertaken a ‘continuous programme’ aimed at transforming the stadiums.

A water jump section at the running track of Gakoigo Stadium, Murang’a County. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

“We have earmarked nine stadiums for upgrading in all the eight sub-counties in Murang’a to at least national status,” said Muiruri, adding that the county has set aside Sh100 million in the 2019/2020 financial year for the same.

At the moment, the county government has prioritised work on Ihura, Mumbi and Gakoigo stadiums, Muiruri said, but he declined to state how much money has been allocated for each stadium or when the work is expected to be complete.

Other stadiums lined up for upgrading are Matenjagwo in Kandara, Kahuro, Gatanga grounds, Kigumo and Rurii in Mathioya.

The county is also focusing to have several sports academies for athletics, football and volleyball which will be operated during holidays particularly around Aberdare ranges to take advantage of the high altitude.

By nation.co.ke

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State seeks to seize luxury cars from gold scam suspect, Jared Otieno

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By JUDITH GICOBI

A case filed by the Asset Recovery Agency (ASA) wants to reposes the vehicles that Jared Otieno has on the basis that he could not have bought the vehicles legally since he does not have a legitimate source of income. 

“The respondent is part of an international syndicate which has been in existence since 2012, fraudulently obtaining from investors monies on the pretense that they have precious metals including gold,” the document filed before the Anti-Corruption Court read in part.

It continues: “The respondent has no source of legitimate income and has been filing nil returns with the Kenya Revenue Authority since 2014 to date, which is the period the said motor vehicles were acquired.”

The vehicles in question are Porsche Panamera GTS and a Bentley Continental GT.

An investigator, Jeremiah Matipei, believes Jared has hidden the ownership of one of the cars by registering it under Yugni Holdings Ltd.

A search at the registry shows that Otieno owns a fifty percent stake at the company while the other partners, Mary Anyango and John Kaisa, owns twenty-five percent each. 

“The transactions depict a scheme of money laundering meant to conceal, hide and disguise the source and usage of funds contrary to the provisions of the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act,” said Mr Matipei.

According to the assets recovery body the vehicles were paid for in installments. They are valued at Ksh45 million for the Bentley and Ksh 30 million for the Porsche. 

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Stop insulting Uhuru, Waiguru tells Tangatanga MPs

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Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has criticised Deputy President William Ruto’s allies in Mount Kenya region.

The governor on Tuesday accused politicians allied to Tangatanga group of insulting President Uhuru Kenyatta.

She said the legislators claimed that President Kenyatta was using the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) to cling to power after his term ends in 2022.

She told Kirinyaga County residents to reject leaders who insult the Head of State.

She said: “Who told the MPs opposed to the BBI that the President is interested in getting a political seat after his term of office expires in 2022?”

Ms Waiguru said President Kenyatta had not shown his intention to cling to power after his term in office ends in 2022.

She claimed that the Tangatanga MPs were out to humiliate the President and divide Mt Kenya region to ensure the BBI flops.

“If a dog barks at you, then you will definitely know who its owner is,” she said.

She warned that the President was unhappy and would soon ‘divorce’ those who attack him.

“There is no way the President can continue working with members of Jubilee (Party) who abuse him and frustrate (his) efforts to have BBI succeed,” she said.

However, Ms Waiguru expressed confidence that the BBI will succeed.

Ms Waiguru, who is coordinating BBI in Mount Kenya, vowed to continue drumming support for BBI despite opposition by Tangatanga group.

The region, she added, would benefit immensely if the BBI is implemented.

“The BBI will ensure that more resources are allocated to improve coffee, tea, rice and dairy farming in the region. There will also be employment for our youths,” she said as she flagged off a garbage collection exercise in Kagio town.

She cautioned that the region risks being locked out of national leadership in the next government should the leaders remain disunited.

“If the (Mt Kenya) leaders are not careful and continue travelling in different buses, we shall not be in the government and other regions whose leaders are united in support of BBI will benefit,” she said.

She accused former Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri of incompetence.

“Following the sacking of Mr Kiunjuri, the prices of milk have increased, the President is not sparing inefficient government officials,” she said.

Kirinyaga Deputy Governor Peter Ndambiri called on the residents to support the BBI.

Majority Leader Kamau Murango told off local leaders who undermine Governor Waiguru’s leadership.

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Pastor Ng’ang’a’s crazy dance video that netizens just can’t get enough of

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By JUDITH GICOBI

James Ng’ang’a the controversial pastor of Neno Evangelism Center got the attention of netizens after a video was shared of him teaching his congregants a new dance style.

In the undated video that went viral on social media, the pastor is teaching the church members animated and vigorous dance moves.

He starts by playing his guitar and singing along to a song as the congregants dances to the melody in unison.

But the pastor felt the congregation were not dancing enough to the song.

“Hiyo kuruka ni ya wazee,” Ng’ang’a is captured saying as he dances on.

Moments later, he puts his guitar down and demonstrates to the church members how it’s done while playing to a kikuyu song.

 

The style excited netizens, specifically Kenyans on Twitter as many created a rendition version of the song that resulted to more funny videos in the process.

Here is a few of the videos

 

 

 

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