THE opening of Karonga Stadium is expected to delay as construction work has stalled. Sponsors of the project, the Local Development Fund’s (LDF) Communication Specialist, Booker Matemvu, has attributed the delay to “problems” with Nangaunozge Building Contractor (NBC).
Matemvu said this after LDF assessors’ inspection of the stadium on Thursday. He said the contractor is giving excuses on the K504 million-funded-project.
“Apparently, the problem is that we gave the contractor a time frame. We wanted this project to be completed in the dry season. “Now we are in the rainy season and we are told that he does not have the right machinery to work in such conditions,” Matemvu said.
Without being specific, Matemvu added that the deadline for the construction of the 20,000-seater facility would be extended. Super League rookies, Chitipa United, have since described the development as heart-breaking.
It means that Chitipa will be travelling to Mzuzu for home Super League games. “Out of the K70 million budget for the whole season, we have only raised close to K5 million. And that amount was budgeted on the basis that we will use Karonga Stadium,” lamented an official for Chitipa.
Construction of the stadium started in 2015. NBC Managing Director, Henry Shawa, who is also Mzimba Central Member of Parliament, was not available for a comment.
The Malawi government embarked on the project to easy the scarcity of stadiums in the region which only has Mzuzu Stadium for high profile games.