Construction of US $2.2m Kirubia Stadium in Tharaka-Nithi County, Kenya is set to be completed in mid-February. According to Sports Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti, Toddy Civil Engineering and Construction Company, had agreed to complete the remaining work by February 15.
“This stadium will be complete in two weeks and we are looking forward to our President Uhuru Kenyatta handing it over to the residents of this county for use as he promised them,” said Mr Muteti who led his board in inspecting the progress of the stadium.
He further added that the contractor is doing the final touches and will work day and night to meet the final deadline. “I expect no further delays on the side of the contractor because there is no pending bill,” he affirmed.
According to the Chairman, Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Heritage and Culture Amina Mohamed will inspect it before inviting President Uhuru Kenyatta to commission it, upon completion.
Construction of the stadium with 4,500-seater capacity, located in the suburbs of Chuka town in Chuka/Igambang’ombe constituency, began in 2016 and the project was expected to be complete in 2017, but it stalled for almost two years due to financial issues before work resumed at a slow pace.
The construction of the sports facility was started by Tharaka-Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki when he was Chuka/Igambang’ombe Member of Parliament before the Ministry of Sports took over. Once complete, Kirubia Stadium will have a football pitch, a rugby pitch, an athletics track, a volleyball court and a basketball court. It will be the first stadium in the region and is expected to boost sporting activities.
Meanwhile, the county government is also constructing three mini-stadiums; Kathwana at the county headquarters, Nyangumi in Tharaka constituency and Kairuni in Maara constituency.