Worker in­jured af­ter sta­dium’s prop falls

Lands ex­ec­u­tive Al­fred Ma­tianyi has cited neg­li­gence, but says the build­ing is steady

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Western - HIL­TON OTENYO @hiltonotenyo

One per­son was in­jured when a sec­tion of Bukhungu Sta­dium, un­der con­struc­tion, col­lapsed on Satur­day. The worker was try­ing to jump off the struc­ture when the wall caved in.

Kakamega Lands ex­ec­u­tive Al­fred Ma­tianyi said the con­trac­tor was re­con­struct­ing parts of the struc­ture as rec­om­mended by the Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball a month ago. “The con­trac­tor was putting a slab on the sec­tion that CAF in­spec­tors rec­om­mended that the height be in line with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. Some props that had been erected came down due to neg­li­gence,” he spoke on the phone yes­ter­day.

How­ever, Ma­tianyi said the build- ing is steady and there is no cause for alarm.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions will be car­ried out to es­tab­lish the cause of the ac­ci­dent, said Deputy Gov­er­nor Philip Ku­tima when he vis­ited the sta­dium’s site.

The first phase of the project, which costs Sh800 mil­lion, is ex­pected to be ready by De­cem­ber 12 for launch­ing.

The sta­dium, with a seat­ing ca­pac­ity of 30,000 peo­ple, will be the third in Kenya to meet in­ter­na­tional stan­dards af­ter Sa­fari­com Kasarani and Machakos sta­dia.

Ma­tianyi said Bukhungu sta­dium is ex­pected to be com­plete in four years.

A source in the CAF said the struc­ture seems to be okay. “But I can­not give the tech­ni­cal opin­ion be­cause I am not an en­gi­neer. The spec­i­fi­ca­tions are well put,” a source who sought anonymity said.

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