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China to build Kiambu stadium, county houses

Kiambu Governor William Kabogo

Kiambu Governor William Kabogo

Kiambu Governor William Kabogo on Tuesday said the government of China will construct a state of the art stadium and low cost houses for county staff.

Speaking at Thika County Hall while receiving the county’s team to the Kenya Inter-Counties Sports and Cultural  Association games held in Nairobi on August 19 to 24, Kabogo said the stadium will be built in Kiambu at Kirigiti Stadium or in Gatundu. He said the multi-billion shilling project is just the “tip of the iceberg of the many goodies” that President
Uhuru Kenyatta’s recent trip to China yielded.

“We have very many juicy things in our bags but we shall not go on top of the mountain like fools and start shouting to
the world about them. We know our enemies want us to do so, so that they can sabotage our goals,” Kabogo said.

He said people will soon be left with their “mouths agape” as Kiambu takes a leading role in development. Kabogo said his
government will support sporting activities amongst its staff and youth in the county. “We will invest in equipping
and giving our sportsmen and women the support they require so that they can excel,” he said.

He gave the team a personal token of Sh100,000. Kabogo said county staff should be involved in sports. “I don’t want county askaris with big tummies on parade. They must exercise,” he said. Kabogo said he will make next year’s county team and participate in swimming in the butterfly category.

He said senior Armed Forces officers do not exercise and that is why they are big-bellied. “I will personally start
exercising to keep old age, which is creeping in, at bay,” Kabogo said amid laughter. He said his government will seek sponsors to promote sport in the country so that youth can shun antisocial activities like drug and alcohol abuse.

Deputy Governor Gerald Githinji, county secretary Wilson Mwita Malwa and executive for education Esther Ndirangu were present. Githinji praised the team for putting the county on the national map. They won the men volleyball
and short put titles. The short put was won by John Karanja from Ruiru.

– The Star

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