Kirigiti Stadium is one of the oldest sporting and social facility in Kiambu County. The Stadium was originally constructed by the colonial government as cricket grounds.
According to nation, Sh140 million was allocated for Phase One of the project in 2016, and Frema General Contractors Ltd started work on the facility. Four years down the line, there’s nothing tangible to show for the money spent other than an unfinished concrete fence and an incomplete building that was meant to be an amphitheatre.
Plans were at an advanced stage to upgrade Kirigiti Stadium to a world-class facility through partnerships with the central government and private organisations.
Recently, the National Government released a total of Sh590 million to upgrade national stadiums across the country, and construction work has finally commenced at the historic Kirigiti Stadium. The contractor said that the construction works will take seven months utmost.
According to the star, the ground breaking ceremony was attended by Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed, Kiambu Governor James Nyoro, Kiambu County Commissioner Wilson wanyanga, County Commander Ali Nuno, and Sports Kenya chairman Fred Muteti.
The CS said that the 16,000 capacity stadium will be built to international level. It will have two basketball courts, a swimming pool and an amphitheatre, netball and volleyball courts, a football pitch and an athletics track.
The stadium hosted the last meeting to emergency in 1954 held by the founding President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. The former President Mwai Kibaki and Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga also held the last rally to campaign for the new Constitution, at the same stadium.
In the run up to the 2013 elections, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto were at Kirigiti where special prayers were held in their honour.
Governor Nyoro said that the stadium will help decongest stadiums in Nairobi.
“The stadium has led to opening up of roads within Kiambu and it will be beneficial to the county,” Nyoro was quoted by the star
Nyoro also added that the county government has also injected money to rehabilitate grounds in all 60 wards, even the public grounds that are shared with schools.