President Peter Mutharika Monday finally lived up to his word by delivering the buses he promised to Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers.
Mutharika made the pledge during the launching ceremony of construction of the two crowd pullers’ stadiums at Nyambadwe ground in Blantyre more than a week ago.
In his speech, the President told the gathering that he would give a bus each to the two teams on the same day but they were made to wait until yesterday afternoon.
Pictures circulating on social media depicted Bullets Chief Executive Officer Escort Chinula and Wanderers General Secretary Victor Maunde holding keys.
Other pictures show two buses, one painted red and the other blue.
Another set of pictures showed similarities of model numbers between the Nomads’ bus and another belonging to Malawi Posts Corporation (MPC).
The statutory body’s bus, registration number BW 7920, carries the code number KLQ6136DFR just as Wanderers’ bus.
However, Mutharika’s press secretary, Mgeme Kalirani, said there was nothing wrong with the similarity.
“We do not see any issue here. These are buses of the same type and their model numbers are similar. This is quite normal and in order,” Kalirani said.
Speaking after receiving the keys at City Motors premises in Blantyre Monday, Maunde expressed gratitude to Mutharika for the donation, describing it as timely.
“We are grateful to the president for fulfilling his promise. We now have a modern Higger bus which has already been painted in our colours. We are now in the process of finalising change of ownership,” Maunde said.
One of Bullets’ Directors, Fleetwood Haiya, said they were overjoyed with the delivery of their bus.
“This bus has eased pressure on us as we were in the process of buying one for the team. This is a timely morale booster ahead of the new season’s anticipated kick off in August,” Haiya said.
Soon after being handed over, the buses were immediately taken around Blantyre’s townships of Ndirande, Bangwe, Zingwangwa, Chilomoni and Machinjiri.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.