Construction works at Kipchoge Keino stadium in Eldoret have resumed. This is after a new contractor began operations at the US $6m project. Golbo Contractors have been tasked with building the Northern and the Southern wings which will conclude work on the terraces meant to accommodate a capacity of 30,000 people.
According to the site engineer Geoffrey Kinyua, they have been tasked to build the remaining terraces and level the grounds before completing the project with the parking area. “We are one month old here at the site and I’m happy with the progress so far because we are racing against time so that we can finish what was on the contract. The project consists of construction of the remaining terraces, drainage, roofing and the parking lot,” he explained.
He further revealed that they are targeting to complete the works by mid-May or early June and hand over the project, if the cash flow will be steady. “We have applied for the first certificate and we hope the flow of cash will be steady because we want to finish the project by June so that we can hand it over to the government,” he added.
Shiv Construction Company, which is tasked with building and completion of the VIP terraces, is setting base for the first floor after a long break.
Kipchoge Keino stadium stalled in 2017 immediately after the Sports Kenya and the County Government of Uasin Gishu signed an agreement to renovate the stadium with works set to cover the VIP terraces, changing rooms, a conference hall, indoor games hall and terraces for between 15,000 to 25,000 spectators.
The national government released a total of US $2.1m initially, while the County government of Uasin Gishu was to disburse US $908,776.20 for the construction of the parking lot and installation of lighting.
The works were later divided into four portions after the initial contractor WIETEC Company was given the eastern wing and began operations after they were paid 8% of an initial 20% deposit. They completed their portion in 2019 and vacated the place.