Baringo first Governor Benjamin Cheboi has cleared the air on stalled Kabarnet stadium and other stalled projects initiated by his regime, accusing Governor Stanley Kiptis of failing to allocate more funds towards completion of the project that was started about 7 years ago.
Cheboi who was speaking live on a radio show on Thursday morning, said that the project was started in order to help youth in Baringo County nurture their sporting talents but the dream is yet to come true as he was unable to complete the project after losing his seat dueing the 2017 general elections.
The phased project has since consumed Sh30 million with perimeter wall done at Sh10 million and that Sh17 million for leveling the hilly and rocky site where the stadium sits.
Since then nothing has been done to see its completion.
“We started the construction of Kabarnet Stadium in 2016 but in 2017 things changed and I was unable to continue with the project. The sitting governor should have continued with the project for the benefit of our youths.” Cheboi said.
He called on the National Government to chip in the completion of the project saying that it is expensive and requires a lot of resources.
Cheboi noted that there are a lot of pending projects in Baringo County that were initiated in his administration urging leaders to complete pending projects before embarking on new projects.
“A leader should complete pending projects; they should not say that they will not complete the projects since it was not his/her projects or ideas. All the pending projects I initiated should have been completed by now because it was meant to benefit the people of Baringo not Cheboi.” He said.
Cheboi added that a government should invest in value addition in order to improve the lives of the farmers, noting that farmers are living in poverty despite heavy harvest every harvesting season.
“In Baringo we are blessed we have honey, milk, coffee, fruits among others but our farmers are living in poverty. In my administration, I started factories such as milk factory and five years down the line the projects are still stalled.” Said Cheboi.
The former county boss also called on Kenyans to register as voters insisting that this is going to help them to elect the leaders of their choice, noting that more than 70,000 people in Baringo County have not registered as voters.
“Register as voters and take care of your voter’s card and those that do not have identity cards should apply so as to be able to register as voters.” He added
Cheboi also drummed up support for the bottom-up economic approach model saying that this is the only way to eradicate poverty in the country.