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PHOTOS- Finally, government gives kiss of life to ailing Kasarani



The Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, is receiving another major facelift three years after vandals defaced it and left behind a shell of the once swanky facility.

A spot check by Nation Sport at the arena showed renovation work was being done in the key areas, albeit at a slow pace.

The government closed down the 60-seater temporary on March 16 for refurbishment.

Pius Metto, the Director General of Sports Kenya, the government agency that manages state sports facilities, on Friday assured they are committed to elevating the venue to modern, world class standards.

Metto noted the fact that Nairobi will be hosting the World Under-20 Championships and the Continental Cup track and field conditions calls for revamping of the sports centre.

A wide view of Moi International Sports Centre,
A wide view of Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani as at May 6, 2020. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT | NATION MEDIA GROUP

“We are focused on ensuring that we prepare the facilities to international standards for the World Under-20 Championships and even before that for the World Athletics Continental Tour which will be held on September 26,” Metto told Nation Sport yesterday.

Sports Kenya Public Relations and Communications Manager Rakki Asman added that works slowed down because of the restrictions that the government imposed owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Only a small number of workers are allowed at the venue at a given time. Naturally, work will slow down.

“We had completely stopped work when the government in March introduced measures to curb the spread of Covid-19. But we are slowly getting back on track,” Asman said.

Seats at the grand arena were being washed before harsh weather resistant paint is applied.

Brian Onyango of Industrial Proctective Coating
Brian Onyango of Industrial Proctective Coating Limited sprays seats at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on May 21, 2020. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP


The broken seats will be replaced.

The warm up track now has a permanent sprinkle irrigation system after an additional borehole was drilled.

Two other boreholes had previously been sunk before Kenya hosted the 2017 World Under-18 Athletics Championship at the stadium.

Kasarani hosts four blocks at the hostels, and one of them is getting a facelift.

Workers are building a floor and new furniture is being fitted.

Electricians are also doing fresh cabling both at the hostels and at the main area to replace the previous power network that has aged with time.

Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani
Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani hostels wiring being renovated on May 21, 2020. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The stadium was supposed to host the World Under 20 Athletics Championships from July 7-12 this year.

However, the event was postponed to a later date owing to coronavirus.

The building at the warm-up track has been designated for changing rooms ahead of the world junior event.

Workers are repairing the two digital photo-finish and electronic screens that will be used during the junior championships.

A new Stadium Police Station block is under construction.

Sports Kenya will relocate the old police station from the warm up track area once the new building is complete.

Asman said that the track will be cleaned to restore its original colour before the two major events — the World Continental Tour and the World Under 20 Athletics Championships.

A clean and unclean section of Moi
A clean and unclean section of Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani running track on May 21, 2020. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

He said the wall at the arena, which was built before Kenya hosted the All Africa Games in 1987, will be cleaned.

Asman said the biggest test Sports Kenya faces is preventing vandalism and theft at the stadium.

Kenya’s second stadium, the Nyayo National Stadium, which is also under renovation, also faces a similar risk.

“Vandalism in stadiums mostly occurs during football matches. This rarely happens when we have athletics events.


“Electric switches, lamps, taps and locks are the items stolen frequently in the ablution blocks. Additional CCTV cameras will be installed but that does not make the stadiums 100 per cent theft proof,” he said.

Asman said Sports Kenya incurs a lot of expenses when repairing damages in stadiums.

Veronica Waithira (centre) of Romany
Veronica Waithira (centre) of Romany Construction Contractor supervises renovations at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on May 21, 2020. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

He appealed to football managers to educate their fans on the importance of maintaining them.

After Kenya successfully hosted the World Under-18 Athletics Championships, it earned the rights to host the World Under-20 Championships.

The initial budget for the World U-18 event was Sh2 billion.

Part of drainage area at the main competitors
Part of drainage area at the main competitors entrance of Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on May 21, 2020. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

However, renovations at Kasarani and at the athletes’ village at Kenyatta University pushed the budget up by Sh1 billion. The government chipped in to bridge the deficit.

On Friday, Metto added that a few technical adjustments were also being made.


“The javelin throw area during the World Under-18 Championships was not done well and we are now working with the technical team — led by Ibrahim Hussein — to correct this.

A man trims grass at Moi International Sports
A man trims grass at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on May 6, 2020. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT | NATION MEDIA GROUP

“Police occupying the warm up facility are now moving to a different building and that area will now be used as an ablution facility for athletes using the warm-up area in accordance with advise from World Athletics.”

On March 12, the government announced that it had set aside Sh322 million for renovation at Kasarani ahead of the World Athletics Continental Tour and the World Under 20 Championships.

The inaugural World Continental Tour that was slated for May 2 but was pushed to September 26 because of the virus.

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Drama as delegates heckle DP Ruto during BBI launch 




Delegates heckled Deputy President William Ruto during the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report at the Bomas of Kenya over his remarks on the report

The DP was forced to pause his speech after the delegates started booing him after he appeared to express his dissatisfaction at the Youth leader Trans Nzoia County Alex Matere’s remarks about his wheelbarrow donations.

Ruto said by saying that Kenyans should not adopt 16th-century technology, Matere was referring to the wheelbarrows he has been supplying to Kenyans.

However, Ruto noted that the discussions Kenyans should have is why a 16th-century tool has millions of citizens still dependent on it in the 21st-century.

The DP’s remarks didn’t sit well with most of the delegates, which resulted in them openly expressing their displeasure and forcing him to stop talking.

Mbita Member of Parliament Millie Odhiambo appeared mainly pissed by Ruto’s remarks as he stood and jeering Ruto, drowning his speech.

He went on to ask for a minute to conclude his speech but the crowd couldn’t hear of it as they continued to jeer him after he appeared to hit out at the former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka.

Ruto concluded his speech by calling on leaders to refrain from contests pitting the rich and the poor by quoting former US President Abraham Lincoln.

DP Ruto then proceeded to welcome his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta to make his remarks with the delegates still shouting “respect the president,” as he took his seat.

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga also hit on the DP for engaging in early campaigns instead of supporting the President in delivering the Big-4 Agenda.

Raila said that Kenyans expect to be united for now but not campaigns of who will be the President in 2022 as they will handle that when the time comes.

The ODM Party leader noted that Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta should be working as a pair to bring a difference in the country.

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Uhuru maintains Raila is not government




President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday 26 October 2020 made it clear that Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga is not in the government.

Speaking at the Bomas of Kenya during the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report, the Head of State explained that when he decided to come into an agreement with Raila, the mission was to find a way to healing this country.

“When we sat down to talk, something that was very difficult, for him and also for me and my team, very difficult. But when we got through to it and we spoke and we spoke again, we agreed that we are not here to share positions and we should put our various positions aside,” he said.

He mentioned that the two agreed to come together with a common agenda of ensuring that what the people of Kenyan have witnessed in 1992, 2005, 2007, and 2017 Kenyans shall never witness again.

He went on to make it clear that Raila Odinga never made any demands from the government.

“We did not talk about sharing government and as we stand today, he (Raila) is not in government. He is not in government; he never made any demands for the government. He never made any demands for a share of government,” he added.

The President pointed out that Raila Odinga asked for the two opposing sides to come together and fix what has been ailing the country.

He explained that this would allow the country in the future to be able to compete without the need for the innocent Kenyans blood being shed.

He went on to that the ODM leader for showing his patriotism and looking for a solution because he did not have to do it.

Uhuru also gave special thanks to his Deputy William Ruto for being part and parcel of the handshake and making the BBI report.

He revealed the three agreed that they would never talk about elective posts as they aimed to unite Kenyans.

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Corazone Kwamboka calls out Maureen Waititu for allegedly insulting her baby




There seems to be unending drama between lawyer cum socialite Corazon Kwamboka and her boyfriend’s ex Maureen Waititu.

Maureen and her baby daddy Frankie have been on each others neck with Frankie claiming the YouTuber denies him a chance to see his kids.

In her defence, Waititu claimed that Frankie does not support their two kids.

Kwamboma also jumped in and joined in the drama.

She blasted Waititu for insulting her baby because she got him with Frankie.

According to the curvy lawyer, having a baby with Waitutu’s ex is not reason enough for her to insult a young child.

“Only a sick person can insult a baby calling him a name so despicable I can’t even talk just because I had him with their ex.”

Corazon and Frankie started dating shortly after he broke up with Maureen Waititu.

They got their first child months ago.

Kwamboka further accused Waititu of always driving to her house at midnight.

According to Corazon, she was scared since she had not invited Waititu to her place.

Waititu’s behaviour forced Corazon to move out of her house to somewhere she felt safe.

“One day i’ll open my mouth. drove me out of my own house out of fear. I had to leave a house I bought with my own sweat to go into hiding because sister was driving to my house at midnight trying to I don’t know to do what to me!” she said.

The curvaceous lawyer also urged Maureen to live her life and avoid living for others.

“Don’t live for the cheers, you won’t die by their boos. People get too invested in other people’s lives like it pays,” she said.

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