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Wote Stadium Slowly Taking Shape As Contractor Wants More Time.

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Wote Stadium Slowly Taking Shape As Contractor Wants More Time.

The Wote stadium construction which was bound to be over by the end of 2020 will not happen as the remaining construction works requires more time, the contractor now says.

The contractor identified as Traphes and Nitram Enterprise Limited today sought for more time, an extension of two more months on top of the stipulated December deadline.

This means that the stadium will stretch up to 2021 to be completed. The contractor told a parliamentary committee that toured the site today that there was more time spend on ground levelling due to the topography of the region.

Managing Director Traphes and Nitram Mark Muendo said the delays were occasioned by last minute changes in the design of the pavilion and that the place had underground water oozing.

‘‘We will be seeking for more time because of the changes in the initial design of the stadium. When we dug the pavilion the area was soggy leading to some variations,’’said Muendo.

The project was earmarked to be completed by December 31 following a presidential directive.

During the visit of the National Assembly Committee on Sports, present was the Sports Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti who directed the contractor to complete the project within the set deadlines adding that the contractor had all required time to communicate his predicaments which he had failed.

‘‘The issue of extension of time does not arise, in fact we expect the contractor to complete the project before the timelines because there is a steady cash flow,’’said Muteti.

He reiterated Sports Kenya commitment in ensuring that the project is completed on time.

However, due to the change of the initial design of the stadium, the construction will cost an additional Sh 12 million. This variation is reported to have been caused by the changes of the design prior approved.

‘‘The cost of changes of the pavilion and the retaining wall have been factored and we have enough money,’’said the Sports Kenya chairman.

The National Assembly Committee on Sports however expressed its dissatisfaction of the pace of works at the stadium and urged the contractor to mobilise more personnel and machinery to complete the project on time.

‘‘The contractor should increase labour and mobilise materials, otherwise the works may delay,’’said the committee vice chair Narok South MP Dr.Korei Ole Lemein.

Other MPs present were Jones Mlolwa (Voi), Cyprian Kubai (Igembe Central) Lydia Haika (Woman Representative Taita Taveta) and Professor Jacquiline Odoul (nominated).

The area MP Daniel Maanzo and Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana were also present where they wished the stadium could be done faster and put into use by youth.

The Sh300 million stadium was launched in January 2017 but stalled due to lack of funds.

Once completed, the stadium will have a holding capacity of 20,000 people.

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