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Don’t politicise football—MCP

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Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has said they were not against the government constructing stadiums for Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers but “using football as a pony to satisfy political egos”

MCP’s Lilongwe Mpenu Nkhoma Member of Parliament, Collins Kajawa, said this Tuesday in a response to the 2019/2020 national budget which Finance Minister Joseph Mwanamvekha presented to Parliament recently.

“…amid the political uncertainty and economic gloom, football is supposed to be a uniting factor, MCP and many of us in this august House are football lovers and the majority of us could be supporters of either Nyasa Big Bullets or Mighty Be Forward Wanderers,” Kajawa said.

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“It is strange, therefore, that the issue of budgetary allocation towards the construction of stadia for our two most popular teams in the country has turned out to be divisive issue among Malawians. Let us refrain from using football as a pony to satisfy our political egos. What has been of concern to us is not necessarily that the government wants to financially support these two soccer giants but it is the manner in which the proposed funding is planned to be done which raises a red flag.”

Mwanamvekha announced that the government had allocated K1.6 billion for the construction of the football giants’ stadiums in Blantyre.

However, Human Rights Defenders Coalition said while Bullets and Wanderers need such facilities, President Peter Mutharika should use personal money for such projects involving private teams.

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The teams’ supporters gave HRDC officials 72 hours to withdraw the remarks.

The government also promised to construct a national stadium at Njamba National Park in Blantyre and demolish Kamuzu Stadium.

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