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New dawn as Parliament approves construction of a rugby stadium

The National Assembly has passed a motion tabled by Nominated MP, Honorable Gideon Keter approving the construction of a National Rugby Stadium and high-performance centres countrywide.
Keter, who is a nominated MP in charge of the Youth affairs tabled the motion after wide consultations with the Kenya Rugby Union board members. According to KRU Secretary General Oduor Gangla, Keter advised them to use the parliament channel as it is in charge allocation of the budget as well making the laws of the land.
“Just to give some context to how we have walked this journey, Hon Gideon Keter a nominated MP for youth affairs was a guest during the Kenyan Cup final. We engaged him as a board around some of the challenges and we had also engaged the executive wing of the government but he felt it was necessary to pursue the parliament route since it is responsible for laws and allocation of money. We worked on the initial bill which includes women rugby, rugby at county level and infrastructure. But after more consultations with his team, we zeroed into infrastructure the biggest pinpoint for the game since the others can be funded by commercial partners,” he told KRU media.
Gangla adds that the greatest challenge now is to ensure the implementation of the motion to build the Stadium and the performances centres are built.
“We have been engaging since April and this culminated to the motion that has been passed. On behalf of KRU, I would like to thank Hon Keter and we will do a lot of lobbying to ensure it is implemented. They also challenged us to ensure that rugby becomes a true national sport. The game has grown but it’s not enough” he added.
So far the rugby family depends on the RFUEA grounds for the international matches.

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