The planned relocation of Busia stadium to the Agriculture Training Center (ATC) has stirred mixed reactions from leaders and members of the public. They are calling on Busia County government to reconsider the move. During a public participation forum at ATC, leaders, led by Bukhayo North/Walatsi MCA Gady Jakaa and Dennis Okinda of Bukhayo Central, challenged the governor to have a rethink.
They argue that the current agricultural training centers are critical in achieving food security. MCA Jakaa proposes that the ATC be turned into a university or college offering agriculture courses to equip hundreds of youths with the necessary skills to support modern agricultural practices. The governor has been backing food security and revitalization of industries through the provision of raw materials, among other things.
The county plans to construct a modern perimeter wall and improve the VIP pavilion of Busia sports field to give the current stadium a facelift, and Sh80 million has already been set aside for the project. The move to relocate the stadium and polytechnic is aimed at revitalizing the town, as the current location occupies prime land at the town center, next to the Busia County Referral hospital.
However, activists believe there are plans to sell off the current stadium land to private developers to construct a mall. Sportsmen in the county have welcomed the move as it will open up opportunities for the construction of modern facilities supporting different sporting disciplines. While some residents are against the relocation, the county leaders have dispelled rumors of selling off the current stadium land.