Kisumu County is set to have three stadiums with the construction of a first national government-owned facility at the Mamboleo Showground set to hit the ground soon.
This is part of the national-county government joint partnership that will see the Lakeside city now boast of at least three ultra-modern sporting facilities bearing the names of the past three most powerful political figures in the history of Kenya.
Currently, Kisumu city has just one, albeit dilapidated Moi Stadium, named after the second president of the Republic, Daniel Arap Moi. This is a county government owned stadium.
The founding father, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta also had a space in the Kisumu’s sporting arena with the recreational and historic Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground named after the father of the country’s fourth President — Uhuru.
But former opposition chief, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, has now ‘kicked Mzee Kenyatta out’ of the heart of Kisumu City with the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground set to be renamed Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Sports Ground.
The old Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground, now Jàramogi Oginga Odinga Sports Ground has also been earmarked for upgrade and is set to host basketball, swimming, and football sections.
“Completion of these two sports arenas will add on to the current Moi Stadium. This will see Kisumu County boast of three modern sports arena for both local and international games,” said Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o.
Moi Stadium is also set to get a new facelift, although works which were set to start in September last year, have been temporarily halted after it emerged that there were improprieties in the budget.
When complete, Kisumu a hub for sports talents, should benefit immensely from these facilities.