On 24th June, Amina Mohammed, the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Heritage, and Culture announced that they have commenced building the Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium.
The said stadium is in Kisumu county. It was previously called the Mamboleo showground. Abandoned for years, the government has finally decided to give it a facelift. The modern stadium will cost the government 350 million Kenyan shillings.
Together with the Kisumu Governor, Anyang Nyong’o CS Mohammed held a ground-breaking ceremony. She also shared mock-up photos of the stadium on Twitter.
“Joined Anyang Nyong’o to officiate the Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium groundbreaking ceremony in Kisumu. The stadium will spur massive economic growth in and around the Lake Region Economic Bloc,” Amina Mohammed tweeted.
The name of the new stadium did not amuse Kenyans. They went after CS Amina Mohammed questioning why they picked the name, Jomo Kenyatta. They all did not see the need of naming the stadium after Jomo Kenyatta.
“Waziri, this is a great start, even though the proposed name is a bit offensive. We have far too many public utilities named after one person. Sometimes I wonder why the narrative on his legendary status has to be shoved down our throats. Every road, park, hospital, and school yawa!” one Kenyan tweeted
“I am not petty. Let me suggest some names. Gama Pinto. Luanda Magere, Tom Mboya, Amoth Owira, Lakeside, Winam, Onagi, Lake Region, Jokanyanam, Kisumo, Liberation, Allan Thigo, Peter Dawo, Kipchoge, Olunga, Wanyama, Oliech, Mbuta. Think wildly. Our heritage runs deep,” another Kenyan tweeted as a response to Amina’s tweet.
Responding to the tweets, CS Mohammed said that they are only trying to honor the late heroes.
“This is the least we can do for these heroes. We have a directive that the project is done very quickly within six months,” said the CS.
Kenyans on Twitter went ahead to tweet about their disapproval of the name the government chose.