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State of Stadia: Manga works drags on

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When the construction of Manga Stadium in Nyamira County kicked off five years ago, it was meant to breath a new life in a county full of sporting talent but devoid of sporting facilities.

The stadium located in Borabu Sub County has consumed a whooping ksh137 million with no much to show for apart from a perimeter wall that surrounds the facility leaving residents with many questions.

In the 2014/2015 financial year, the local government set aside KSh64 million to kick-start its construction followed by another KSh73 million in the 2018/2019 fiscal year to ensure its timely completion.

Earlier this year, the County government went ahead to seek help of the national government in completing claiming they had run short of funds.

Among the features that the stadium should have upon its completion includes; a running track, a pavilion, fans stands, a standard football pitch, treatment area, and standard changing rooms as well as security lights.

However, with the works moving in a snail’s pace, residents are similarly running out of patience with the wait for the new-look stadium not seeming to end anytime soon.

In a spot-check at the facility by Citizen Digital, some of the residents could not hide their frustrations over the protracted works with some even calling upon the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to unearth the mystery behind the same.

“Since construction works started, we have only seen the wall as a major development. The slow pace of construction is killing the morale of local teams that would like to use it for training and official matches,” lamented Charles Miyogo.

The construction works has subsequently rendered the facility inoparative with residents made to look for alternate venues to host major sporting activities within the county.

Nyamira is home to renown world beaters including; Naftali Temu who won Kenya’s first gold in the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City, Charles Asati who won 4 × 400 m relay gold at the 1972 Summer Olympics and the late Robert Ouko among others.

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Kenya Sevens ace Dennis Ombachi leads the current generation of sporting stars who hail from the County with Gekomoni Secondary School triumph at the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) in 2011 also underlining the sporting potential in the region.

Athletics legend Charles Asati said athletes from the region are forced to cover long distances to seek standard training facilities in the neighbouring Kisii County where they are in turn charged a fee to use the facility.

“They dug and left heaps of soil, which makes it unusable. We would love to teach and train young children, especially during the holidays, but there are no facilities around. Those that choose to travel to Gusii stadium normally use more than Ksh2000 daily,” revealed Asati.

His sentiments were echoed by Athletics Kenya (AK) Nyanza South chairman Peter Angwenyi.

“The residents of the area have been complaining on how the project has stalled many of them blaming the Nyamira County government. However, I feel that they should come clear in their communication on the progress as well as who is in charge of the construction. This delay is hurting young talents who want to emulate other sports greats who hail from the region,” said Angwenyi.

According to Peter Mekenye, who is in charge of the stadium store said the construction of the two-storey pavilion and the fans stand is expected to take longer, pushing the completion date beyond next year.

The delayed completion of its construction has already taken a massive toll on the local community in terms of staging sporting events.

 

 

 




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Sewage Menace in Pipeline, Residents Cry For Help

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By Milo George

Residents of Pipeline Transami area are decrying poor drainage system that has caused sewage water to overflow in their area of residence.

The residents claim that the overflowing sewage is not only putting their lives at risk but also causing air pollution.

They have called on Nairobi Metropolitan Services and Nairobi City Water and Sewage Company to come on board and expand the sewer lines before more areas are flooded with raw human wastes coming from the blocked pipes.
“We want Major Badi and our leaders to resolve this menace immediately. It’s terrible many have been forced to shift their businesses because of the foul smell,” they said.
Pastor Joe Ndivoh of Word Evangelistic Explosion Ministries says that they have been forced to call off the Sunday School Service to protect the children from the smelly sewage.
‘‘We now fear that if prompt action is not taken then we will have a bigger health problem than this because we fear there could be an outbreak of water-borne disease anytime,’’ Pastor Ndivoh added.


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Solberg Jnr replaces Pierre-Louis for WRC Safari – KBC

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Hyundai Motorsport World Rally Team has made a change to it’s WRC2 team for Safari replacing Pierre-Louis Loubet with 19 year old Oliver Solberg.

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The change of crew hands young Solberg an opportunity to resume his family dream on the fabled Safari which was first held from 27 May to 1 June 1953 as the East African Coronation Safari in Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika as a celebration of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Solberg Senior finished the WRC Safari 5th on the 1999 and 2000 editions driving a Ford Focus and navigated by his eventual Championship- winning navigator Phil Mills. In 200 and 2002, Petter retired on Safari after he lost a wheel and suffering engine gremlins on both occasions.

Oliver was forced to withdraw from last week’s Rally Italia Sardegna after his father, 2003 WRC champion Petter Solberg, tested positive for coronavirus.

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Oliver was gearing up for his second top flight World Rally Championship outing with Hyundai at last weekend’s s Italian event.

However having been in contact with his father, Oliver was compelled to remain in quarantine in a hotel in Porto for 14 days as per the FIA Appendix S regulations.

The FIA’s Appendix S COVID-19 protocol and national government regulations offer clear quarantine instructions for those in close contact.

“You can imagine, I am more than disappointed by this news. I am a little bit devastated,” The 19-year-old Solberg told www.motorsport.com last week.

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WRC Safari Rally Event Secretary Helen Shiri confirmed Oliver’s Safari participation saying: “Hyundai WRC 2 team car number 7 has changed the crew from Driver Pierre-Lous and co-driver Florian Haut-labourdette both from France to Oliver Solberg (Swedish) and  Co-driver Aaron Johnston (Ireland). The car, a Hyundai i20 Coupé, remains intact.”

Meanwhile, it’s been a meteoric rise for the son of world champion Petter.

Less than two years after his maiden rally in a four-wheel drive car, the teenage sensation was competing at the WRC’s top level.

Aged just 17, Oliver became the youngest winner of a European Championship rally in 2019.

With a father and a mother from a well-known Swedish motorsport family and a former Production WRC competitor in her own right, there was a sense of inevitability that a career at the wheel was inevitable for Oliver Solberg. 

Solberg’s early years were spent racing in crosskarts.

In 2012 he won the Norwegian Championship before a step up to a higher class brought consecutive title wins in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

In 2019 Solberg stepped into R5 machinery, driving a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 in the Latvian/Estonian/Baltic Rally Championship. He took to the increased power immediately and racked up five class wins on his way to the championship title.

He also followed in his father’s footsteps to join Subaru Motorsports USA. He drove a latest-spec Impreza STI, winning three of the six rounds

After making his WRC debut at the 2019 Rally GB, Solberg stepped into a full WRC campaign in 2020, driving his own Polo R5 alongside a partial campaign with Skoda Motorsport.

The WRC returns to Africa for the first time since 2002. The Safari of old has evolved to fit the modern-day WRC, but its character remains with challenging closed dirt roads, stunning picture-postcard scenery and exotic wildlife.

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Three more suspected robbers arrested along Southern by-pass – KBC

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Three more suspects have been arrested in connection with the recent spate of robberies targeting motorists along the Southern by-pass.

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The three were arrested in Kibra by detectives based in Langata.

Their arrest follows a detailed analysis and investigations of the robberies, with detectives employing cyber and forensic analysis techniques to identify the beneficiaries of the crimes.

Boniface Winjira Unganyi, the proprietor of Basement Crew mobile shop within Lindi in Kibra, was arrested as the key suspect after a total of 102 mobile phones suspected to have been stolen from victims were recovered from his shop.

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Also arrested were 35-year-old Alex Mboya, who was found in possession of a victim’s phone, and a 16-year-old minor, studying at a secondary school in Langata.

Five other suspects have been arraigned in recent weeks in connection with the violent robberies.

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