Why work on Kamariny Stadium has been suspended

Sports Chief Administrative Secretary Noor Hassan Noor (left), accompanied by Athletics Kenya President Rtd. Major Gen. Jack Tuwei right), and other officials during a visit at Kamariny Stadium in Iten, Elgeyo-Marakwet County on July 18, 2020, to check on a return to work formula for the construction of the stadium which stalled in 2017.


Photo credit: Jared Nyataya | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Only 30 percent of the work has been done with just weeks to the deadline.
  • Construction work at the stadium was meant to be finished by end of August.

Elgeyo-Marakwet County’s development coordination committee has indefinitely suspended construction work at the Sh281 million Kamariny Stadium due to slow pace of work.

Construction work at the stadium was meant to be finished by end of August.

However, the contractor has requested to be given until end of September “due to logistical challenges.” County officials overseeing the project said it is impossible to finish the work left within the deadline.

Contractor ordered to leave site

Funan Contractors, the company building the stadium, has  been ordered to vacate the site for failing to live up to expectations.

“We have been assessing and monitoring construction work on the site since June from the time Sports Kenya officials gave the contractor a three-month ultimatum to finish the work but no meaningful work has been going on at the site. Because of that, we want the contractor to leave the site instead of wasting time and giving false hopes,” County Commissioner Dr Omar Ahmed said.

Ahmed said a more serious contractor will take charge of the work. Construction of the Sh281 million stadium has hit the headlines since 2017, with the county saying it lacked adequate resources to finish the project.

Only 30 percent of the work has been done with just weeks to the deadline.

“We have terminated the contract and issued a notice of default through the project manager. The process of getting a more serious contractor will start  immediately,” Ahmed said.

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