How Cartels Based At City StadiumMisappropriate Funds

The Nairobi City County government under Johnston Sakaja could be losing huge amounts of money in revenue through a cartel running administrative affairs at City Stadium. Investigations by The Weekly Vision reveal that there have been several activities taking place at the stadium but the money collected ends up in individual’s pockets.

Sources say that the man running the cartel is one “JB”. On Saturdays, the cartel charges Ksh. 10,000 for a 90 minutes soccer match. This amount is never received meaning it doesn’t go to the county’s treasury. On a busy day, the stadium can host up to five games (Ksh. 50, 000) but not a single cent ends up in the county revenue basket.

The county also has a gym at the city stadium and interestingly, the county receives no revenue from the gym at the city stadium. It is high time Governor Sakaja took control of this facility which if well managed could generate revenue for the county.

But it is not only the city stadium that is being mismanaged; the once prestigious Camp Toyoyo is now a pale shadow of its former self. A cartel-like management team has been running this facility, mismanaging funds and sharing the loot amongst them. Governor Sakaja should form a task force to look into the management of both City Stadium and Camp Toyoyo if the county is to benefit from the facilities in terms of revenue collection.

Further, there are calls to have an inclusive sports board. The current board which was appointed by the former governor Mike Sonko has failed to deliver on their mandate. Governor Sakaja has also been taken to task to fulfil his promise over the opening of Dandora stadium. During the campaigns, he promised to ensure that the corruption case which led to the closing of the stadium be handled within a record of one month. Since taking power, the governor has never bothered to address the issue of Dandora stadium.

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