Uhuru to Rename Stadium After Raila's Special Request

  • Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta during a previous meeting. Twitter
  • Nairobi's City Stadium will be renamed in honour of the late Joe Kadenge after Raila Odinga, made a special appeal to President Uhuru Kenyatta, to see it happen.

    Speaking during a fundraiser to offset funeral expenses for the veteran footballer at All Saints Cathedral, Raila revealed that plans to have the name change effected had been finalized after Uhuru agreed on the same.

    The stadium will now be called Joe Kadenge Stadium and there will be a series of events to honour the football legend during the launch of the new name.

    Raila Odinga unveils the cover of a book on football star Joe Kadenge's career at the Stanley in Nairobi on December 11, 2015.

    “Joe was a legend and that is why I proposed to President Kenyatta on the possibility of renaming City Stadium in his honour. We both have spoken with Sonko and has agreed to fast track the process,” he stated. 

    Raila also announced that following the order by President Kenyatta, Kadenge's house in South B will be given to his family.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta greets football star Joe Kadenge at his home in Mariakani estate, Nairobi, when he visited on January 8, 2016.

    On his part, Governor Sonko had agreed to ensure paperwork was done to have it handed over to his family. 

    “It was Joe’s wish that the house in Mariakani estate be handed over to him and that wish was granted by the President,” the former Prime Minister added.  

    During the fundraiser, Odinga gave his contribution of Ksh1 million and President Kenyatta’s contribution of a similar amount. Governor Sonko sent Ksh1 million while ANC Leader Musalia Mudavadi contributed Ksh 150,000.

    COTU Boss Francis Atwoli sent Ksh 200,000, ODM Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna gave Ksh. 50,000, Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi Ksh, 100,000 and Nairobi Woman Rep e/node/35709 Ksh 50,000.

    City Stadium in Nairobi