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Council to outsource Lilongwe Community Ground services

The Lilongwe City Council has disclosed plans to enter into a partnership with potential stakeholders to manage the dilapidated Lilongwe Community Centre Ground.

In a response to a questionnaire on Friday, Lilongwe City Council public relations officer Tamara Chafunya confirmed that the joint venture is aimed at transforming the facility.

“This is because the council is now looking into engaging other potential stakeholders who would jointly work with the council in various projects [that include the community ground] under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement so that the facility can be fully operational,” Chafunya said.

“The Lilongwe City Council strongly believes that developments under the PPP will receive maximum financial support and encourage a sense of ownership by the citizens while at the same time this will greatly uplift the city’s image.”

Through the PPP arrangement, the developer or operator will be given the entire right to run the facility or manage it with the supervision of the Lilongwe City Council.

Chafunya further explained that the council has earmarked K5million in this financial year for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the community Hall only.

In the past, the venue used to host football games including Super League matches.

However, for the past four years, the venue has turned into a boxing arena only.

According to the minutes of the council’s fourth Extra- Ordinary Meeting held on August 6 in 2015, the Council seeks to upgrade the current ground to a modern facility.

The project would consider upgrading of the facility and other structures to offices, dressing rooms and shops for sports items.

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