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Contracts suspension delays indoor complex

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Cliff Chiunda

Commencement of construction of the long-awaited indoor sports complex has suffered another setback as the government is yet to finalise the process of awarding contracts to the contractor after suspending the awarding of contracts.

In July this year, the Tonse Alliance government announced the suspension and embarked on an audit of all the contracts with the aim of ensuring transparency and accountability.

The facility, which will be constructed adjacent to Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe, is among t he projects lined up for this year.

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However, the contractor is yet to be identified despite having been first promised by the country’s third president late Bingu wa Mutharika.

Ministry of Youth and Sports spokesperson, Simon Mbvundula, said they were waiting for direction from the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) on the matter.

“We had made some progress with the process at the time of the temporary suspension. So we can only wait until OPC gives us direction,” Mbvundula said.

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Principal Secretary in the OPC responsible for Administration, Cliff Chiunda, asked for more time before commenting on the matter.

Malawi will be in need of modern sports facilities for use during the 2022 African Union Sports Council Games scheduled for Lilongwe.

This is an international showpiece which involves under-20 players from all over Southern Africa.

The government earmarked about K200 million in the 2019/2020 budget for the first phase of the project with more resources being allocated in the 2020/2021 budget which Parliament is yet to pass.

In his State of the Nation Address, President Lazarus Chakwera said his administration will walk the talk in constructing the facility which was first promised by late Mutharika in 2009.

The facility is expected to have a state-of-the-art netball court, shops and offices.

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