By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
The government has allocated K1.6 billion for construction of two stadiums for Blantyre giants Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets in the proposed 2019/20 national budget.
Finance Minister, Joseph Mwanamvekha, presented the budget to Parliament yesterday.
This came just a day after Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) threatened to block construction of the two stadiums, saying the government had goofed on priorities.
Mwanamvekha also announced that the government had set aside an initial K200 million for an indoor netball court.
The minister told the House that Mzuzu Youth Centre and Kamuzu Institute for Sports had also been allocated K500 million.
Bullets Chief Administration Officer, Albert Chigoga, said his club was looking forward to the project.
“We are happy that the President has lived up to his promise. It would be nice to have a place to call home,” Chigoga said.
Wanderers Chairperson, Gift Mkandawire, said allocation of funds showed that the government was serious about the project.
“This gives us hope for a better future. We believe the facility would be of international standard so that we use it for international games. This is a very welcome development and we will wait for approval of the budget,” Mkandawire said.
Wanderers and Bullets use government-owned Kamuzu Stadium for their home games.