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Funding woes chokes Sports Complex

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FACING FUNDING
WOES—Workers at the site last month

Delays in releasing funds have negatively affected construction of the multi-purpose Indoor Sports Complex in Lilongwe.

Construction works at the facility, which will be named after netball icon late Griffin Saenda Senior, started in January this year.

However, construction has stopped due to lack of funds, Principal Architect in the Ministry of Transport and Public Works, Auther Chiphiko, confirmed the development yesterday.

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“The contractor has done excellent work in terms of quality and the speed is also very good. But the contractor is waiting for funds to continue with the project,” Chiphiko said.

Details indicate that the government has only paid the contractor K260 million instead of the required K1.1 billion as 20 percent of the total cost.

The facility will be constructed with funds from the government, estimated as K7.7 billion, and will be completed within two years.

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Director of Sports in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Jameson Ndalama was reluctant to comment.

China Railway 20 Bureau Limited was awarded the contract for the project.

However, efforts to talk to the contractor proved futile.

In the 2019/20 national budget, a total of K200 million was allocated for preliminary works of the project.

President Lazarus Chakwera warned against delaying the project when he inspected the site in March this year.

The construction of the Indoor Sports Complex will be the beginning of a new chapter in sports as the country will be able to host international events.

Malawi will host Region 5 Games in 2022. Government is also renovating Kamuzu Institute for Sports in Lilongwe.

Once completed, the Indoor Sports Complex will have state-of-the-art courts for netball, volleyball and basketball. The Tonse Alliance government has put the Indoor Sports complex among priority sports projects.

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