Management of Bingu National Stadium (BNS) in Lilongwe got a rude awakening on Monday when the Lilongwe Water Board disconnected water at the giant facility due to an outstanding bill estimated at K69 million.
This could be bad news for the facility as it is expected to host Independence Day Celebrations Thursday.
Sources close to the stadium confirmed on Monday that the bill dates back to last year when the facility was under construction.
BNS Operations Manager, Eric Ning’ang’a, confirmed the development on Monday.
“We have been paying water bills to Lilongwe Water Board but we are surprised by their action. This is a government facility and we will be hosting a big event in two days’ time, so we are shocked,” Ning’ang’a said.
Ning’ang’a said the facility paid K13 million last week as part of the bill.
However, the board’s acting spokesperson, Trevor Phoya, on Monday said the board was carrying out a routine disconnection exercise in the city.
“I am yet to receive a report from our people on the ground,” Phoya said.
Officials from the stadium and the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development were on Monday discussing with the water board to settle the bill before the July 6 event, which President Peter Mutharika will grace.
Recently, electricity was also disconnected at the facility on the eve of a game between Malawi national football team and Comoros islands.
But management of the stadium moved quickly to have power restored a day before the game.
The stadium was constructed with funding from the Chinese government.