Government Set To Construct Kirigiti Stadium In Six Months

The Government has officially begun the construction of Kirigiti Stadium in Kiambu, following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive to the Ministry of Sports, to have all stadium upgrades complete by at least end of the year (2020).

The ground breaking ceremony for the over 15,000-seater stadium was attended by the Sports, Culture and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed and Kiambu Governor James Nyoro among other officials.

The construction of the stadium is set to place within the next seven months, at a cost of Sh596 million, money which has been released by the National Government.

The facility will include a swimming pool, two basket ball courts, an Amphitheatre, Netball and Volley ball courts, as well as an athletics track.

“We have given them the resources that are need which is about Sh596 million to complete the project. The money had been earmarked for this project and has been released so there is absolutely no reason for delays,” said CS Amina Mohamed.

According Kiambu Governor James Nyoro, the County of Kiambu will accord the contractor the necessary support to ensure that the stadium is completed in time.

“We will give the contractor all the necessary support, so that he can complete the project in the next 6 months and then the president will come and inaugurate this project as another historic event that has taken place here,” said Governor Nyoro.

Kirigiti Stadium is a historic ground which was built by the Colonial government as a cricket playground and has seen many historic events take place in grounds from the times of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.

Farmers to receive premium fertilizer and agronomic expertise from Yara Africa

Yara- Action Africa: Thriving Farms, Thriving Future - is an initiative with the goal to mobilize support for 10,000 small-scale farmers in Kiambu County to secure food production and improved food security.

The initiative seek to benefit farmers with 20,000 bags of premium fertilizer and agronomic expertise which includes farmer connectivity, digital solutions and operational support including the high quality fertilizer for improved nutrition. Yara’s fertilizer contribution, combined with agronomic support, is expected and capable to tripple maize production.

In his remarks, the Yara Country Manager. Mr. William Ngeno was very pleased with this partnership and was keen to collaborate with Kiambu Government to improve yields through distributing quality seeds and fertilizer to farmers and enhance capacity building to the same farmers.

In regard to capacity building for farmers, the head of extension and capacity building, Alliance for Green Revolution Africa (AGRA) Dr.Paul Seward said that

We have identified and trained 1,000 village based advisors (VBAs)in Kiambu County to teach farmers good agronomic practices, this will in turn inrease yields and improve farmers income.

Kiambu Governor H.E. James Nyoro thanked Yara for their kind gesture to support 10,000 farmers in Kiambu.

Also present was the Deputy Governor. H.E Dr. Joyce Ngugi, CECM for Agriculture Joseph Kamau, Chief Officer Agriculture Dr. David Kamundia and The Chairman for the Committee on Agriculture in the County Assembly of Kiambu Joseph Mwai.

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