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Malawi government evicts Sports Council staff

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Following the repossessing of the Kamuzu Institute for Sports (KIS), government has evicted Malawi National Sports Council (MNSC) staff from the Lilongwe facility.

The council’s staff has relocated to rented premises three years after government gave back the facility to the government sports implementation arm.

A well-placed source from the council confirmed yesterday that they were chased out of the premises on Monday.

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“They told us to pack our belongings by Monday so we have now moved to another building,” he said.

The council’s regional sports officer (centre), Isaac Phiri, confirmed that they were chased out of the premises on Monday.

“We were told to relocate to another place and we have followed the order from the ministry. Our regional offices are now in Mchesi,” Phiri said on Wednesday.

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In a response to a questionnaire yesterday, Ministry of Sports and Culture spokesperson, Christopher Mbukwa, said the facility will now be managed by the ministry.

“At first, the facility was being managed and used by the Sports Council alone, but considering that the ministry does not only coordinate sports activities, it was agreed that the facility should now be jointly managed and used for sports, youth and culture sectors, all which are under the ministry,” Mbukwa explained.

“The ministry will renovate the facility. The centre is included as a funded project under the Public Sector Investment Plan (PSIP) for 2015/2016 financial year. Therefore, the ministry will continue to renovate some facilities that are not in shape.”

This is not the first time that government, through the ministry whose minister is Grace Chiumia, has repossessed the facility.

In 2012, the ministry took over the facility after accusing the government parastatal of failing to maintain it, only to surrender it a year later after failing to run it.

However, other observers are of the view that the council is better placed to run the facility after past experience showed that government completely neglected the facility.

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