Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria at the signing of an agreement between Stadia management board and county governments.
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria at the signing of an agreement between Stadia management board and county governments.

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has stated that Jubilee government will begin the construction of stadia in the counties this week.

Kuria said the project is in line with the government’s pre-election manifesto of setting up five stadia in every county in the country.

“As we promised in our Jubilee manifesto, the Jubilee government will be constructing the first batch of model stadia in counties,” stated MP Moses Kuria on Friday.

“The first 7 counties are Makueni, Elgeyo Marakwet, Marsabit, Uasin Gishu, Tharaka Nithi, Nyeri and Kiambu.”

“In Kiambu, Karatu stadium in Gatundu South will be a model high altitude training that will rival Iten as a pick destination for international athletes. Right at the tip of the Aberdares forest, Karatu National Stadium will be a picturesque icon of sporting excellence,” added Gatundu South MP.

Moses Kuria further stated that the projects will be completed in time to be ready for use during the forthcoming World championships in July.

The government has been a subject of ridicule by Opposition coalition CORD over the past months after its apparent failure to implement some of its intended projects including issuance of free laptops to Standard One pupils and construction of stadia in counties.

CORD leader Raila Odinga has in several occasions claimed that Jubilee had not initiated any projects in its four years in power, but instead taken credit for completing projects initiated by the grand coalition government in which he was Prime Minister and Mwai Kibaki as president.

Raila has claimed that most of the roads being constructed and launched by Jubilee were started during his time, further stating that the total road stretch does not fit the 6,000km stretch that Jubilee had promised to deliver to Kenyans.

The latest project debate came weeks ago after Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho called on Jubilee to stop taking credit for work started by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Mwai Kibaki.

In his speech during the official opening of Buxton footbridge, Governor Joho told President Kenyatta, who was in attendance, to start fresh projects in Mombasa and increase budgetary allocations to the county to ensure development.

He further reiterated this call at the Opposition leaders meeting at Bomas of Kenya, saying: “They wanted to invite me to the launch so that I can clap as President Kenyatta launches a project that was started by Raila Odinga and financed by the World Bank; That I cannot do.”

In his defense, President Uhuru Kenyatta has claimed that the pronouncements by Opposition leaders are unfounded saying Jubilee had done a lot to improve the health sector, road network, education sector and electricity connection especially in the rural areas through the last mile project.

“I was very angry when I heard Opposition leaders at the Bomas of Kenya saying we have not done anything for Kenyans when we have in fact launched many projects some that have benefitted locals in their home areas,” he said.

Opinion is however divided over the launch of stadia project with some questioning its timing while others praising it as a good move.