Ruto Bans Cars From Ksh 900M Kinoru Stadium, Orders Everyone to Walk on Foot

President William Ruto addressing Meru residents on Saturday April 22, 2023
President William Ruto addressing Meru residents on Saturday, April 22, 2023.

President William Ruto, on Saturday, April 22, placed an embargo on cars driven inside the Ksh900 million Kinoru Stadium in Meru County.

 Instead, he directed all motorists to walk on foot to access the stadium after parking their cars at designated points. 

Addressing residents while launching projects in the area, Ruto lamented that political leaders holding events at the stadium had destroyed critical infrastructure using their cars.

He underlined that his government was forced to plan for rehabilitation works to restore the Ksh900 Kinoru Stadium and would hand it over to Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza once completed. 

Ruto shares Greetings with Governor Mwangaza
President William Ruto greets Governor Kawira Mwangaza as Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi watches during his visit to Meru County on Saturday, April 22, 2023.

"So if you take cars inside there to destroy the stadium we will deal with you.  If you want to hold a rally, you would be allowed to use the field, but no car will be allowed inside the stadium," Ruto stated.

"Leave your cars outside then walk on foot," the Head of State insisted.

Ruto further implored the county to care for the stadium with a capacity of 30,000, meeting international standards.

"You know that Kinoru Stadium, we will hand it over to county government. We found that people who had various political events came with their cars and destroyed the tartan inside the stadium," Ruto indicated.

"I want to inform you that the works in Kinoru stadium would be completed in two months, and I come to hand it over to this Governor (Kawira Mwangaza)," he further clarified.

Kinoru Stadium was first commissioned for renovation in 2014 by then-Meru Governor Peter Munya. It took seven months for the first phase to be completed.

It was expected to create more spaces for basketball, netball, tennis, and volleyball courts. 

Photo of Kinoru Stadium in Meru County captured on May 2019
Photo of Kinoru Stadium in Meru County captured on May 2019.
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