Cry in Gatundu as incomplete Ksh260M stadium turned to grazing field

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 5 Nov, 2021 10:00 | 2 mins read
Cows grazing at the incomplete stadium in Gatundu South.PHOTO/MTHEW NDUNGU

Karatu Stadium in Gatundu South which was set for completion last year is now a grazing field for goats and cows, K24 Digital has learned.

The Ksh 260 million stadia with a capacity of 4,000 persons whose construction began in 2017 stalled turning the formerly busy construction site into a feeding ground for animals.

According to locals, construction works at the multi-million project stopped last year after the contractor left the site.

A spot check by K24 digital revealed that the gate made of iron sheets is locked from inside without a security guard manning the entrance of the incomplete perimeter walled stadium.

The project stopped despite a team of Cabinet Secretaries who inspected its progress last year warning the contractor to either complete the project or have their contract cancelled.

Karatu Stadium is among the many stadiums that the Jubilee Government promised to put up after assuming power with a motive of promoting sports anchor talents across the country.

It was set for completion in August last year.

The contractor has also been accused of refusing to remit payment of casual workers who he had absorbed to help in building the stadium.

Lying without hope of any progress, a group of youths from the village who were employed as casuals said that while they were optimistic of seeing a magnificent stadium in their locality, the contractor betrayed their wishes and even left without paying their dues.

"I was the sole breadwinner in my family since my husband was ill and later died as I was waiting to be paid to clear his hospital bills," Margaret Njeri who worked at the project as a casual worker said.

The situation of the stadium is worse that Damaris Wangui was forced to close down a food joint she had started and which was the feeding point of all workers at the site.

"I used to offer food to the workers on credit. Stalling of the project saw me lose Sh 161,000 which I was owed by the workers," she said.

The locals now want President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene and compel the contractor to finish the project which has become a disgrace not only to the community around it but also to the country.