UPDATE: President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, October 22, commissioned the upgrading of Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground in Kisumu City, which has been renamed to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Sports Complex.
The enhancement of the historic park will include the construction of new facilities among them an amphitheater, floating restaurant, and football pitch.
The President laid the foundation stone for the Construction of the Ksh415 million facility.From left: Kisumu Governor Anyang' Nyong'o, ODM leader Raila Odinga, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Sports CS Amina Mohamed during the commissioning of the upgrading of Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground in Kisumu City, which has been renamed to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Sports Complex on October 22, 2020.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, October 22, toured Kisumu City where thousands of residents thronged the streets to welcome him.
The Head of State's motorcade snaked through the town as residents chanted in support holding placards. He was accompanied by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and other leaders in the region.
Kenyatta had earlier in the day met with leaders from the Nyanza region at the Yacht Club in Kisumu.President Uhuru Kenyatta in Kisumu on October 22, 2020.
The President inspected a number of projects in the area including the refurbished Kisumu port and the Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium in Mamboleo ASK Grounds.
He, however, did not address the residents by the roadside as he headed to the stadium location where he directed Interior CS Matiang'i to oversee the construction of the road leading to the stadium.
"We have come here to commission the building of the Jomo Kenyatta stadium. We shall return in April 2021 and officially open it. The first match to be played will be between Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards," he stated.
The sports facility was renamed from Kisumu ASK Mamboleo Grounds in June 2020, when Sports CS Amina Mohamed commissioned its construction.
He further urged the residents to support the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and help push it forward.
"As you are all aware, we received the BBI report as we endeavour to unite all Kenyans. I want to ask all of you to read the report and support it," he noted.
On his part, ODM leader Raila Odinga drummed up support for the proposal in his stronghold.
"We are heading directly to the referendum and it will be successful. The report is out and some have already read it. We want 80 percent of Kenyans to vote for BBI," he stated.
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