Defence Cabinet Secretary Hon. Aden Duale has exuded confidence in the commitment of the Ministry of Defence to deliver four state-of-the-art stadiums that meet the FIFA standards to host the 2027 African Cup of Nations (Afcon).
Hon Duale has stated that it is an honour for the Ministry to be entrusted with the duty of spearheading the infrastructural development of the stadiums adding that this is in line with the mandate of the Ministry to assist other civil authorities.
The CS made the remarks at Defence Headquarters in Nairobi when he hosted the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Creative Economy and Sports, Hon. Ababu Namwamba.
The two CSs received a comprehensive brief on the status of infrastructural development from the technical team whose membership is comprised of senior officers from the two Ministries.
The infrastructural development involves the construction of the 60,000-seater Talanta Stadium at Jamhuri Grounds and the renovation of Moi International Sports Centre- Kasarani and Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi, and the Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret.
The two leaders agreed the projects are of utmost urgency and need to be expedited to enable host the prestigious continental tournament for the first time in history.
Hon. Namwamba noted that Kenya is honoured to have won the joint bid alongside Tanzania and Uganda in a pool of many countries. He stated that Kenya shall put the best foot forward to deliver the facilities on time.
Also present were the Principal Secretaries in the Ministries of Defence and Sports Mr. Patrick Mariru and Eng. Peter Tum respectively, Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant General Jonah Mwangi, Assistant Chief of Defence Forces in charge of Personnel and Logistics Major General David Keter and other senior officials from the two Ministries.