Ranguma denies plot to sell sports ground


KISUMU Governor Jack Ranguma has denied planning to sell the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground to a private developer.

Ranguma dismissed the claims as malicious, misleading and untrue. He threatened legal action against those “peddling the rumour.”

Ranguma said the grounds will be renovated, but there are no plans to sell it.

“We want to renovate the facility so the public can enjoy its beauty, contrary to its current dilapidated state,” he said.

Ranguma has been faulted by the assembly over reported plans to sell the public utility.

Acting speaker Pamela Omino said the assembly has not been consulted over any plans to sell the grounds.

A notice dated November 18 by county attorney Amos Omollo to tenants at the grounds asks them to vacate by December 15.

“Further to our letter dated October 12, you are hereby reminded you are required to vacate the premise by December 15.”

The letter is only copied to the Sports chief officer. It states that a sanitary inspection report from the public health directorate found the grounds “not habitable and requires immediate renovation.”

In the letter, the tenants have been informed that after the renovation works, they will be given first preference to return “provided you comply with any other terms by the county”.