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Malawi government warns farmers near Bingu Stadium

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The Ministry of Sports and Culture has warned people farming around the just-completed Bingu National Stadium (BNS) in Lilongwe, saying doing so would be compromising security of the facility.

In a response to a questionnaire, spokesperson for the ministry, Christopher Mbukwa, said the land where people are cultivating is meant for landscaping.

Cultivating or farming around the BNS is not allowed as it may compromise the security of the stadium. As such, we are appealing to the people who have been cultivating there that they should not grow or cultivate the land around the stadium,” reads part of the response.

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This week The Daily Times found maize sprouting in some fields a few metres from the stadium.

Mbukwa also confirmed that the facility is ready to host games at night.

“The BNS is fit to host matches at night. It is fixed with floodlights of international standards,” he explained.

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“No specific numbers of security personnel to be deployed during night games can be mentioned at this stage. However, each function to be held at night will be pre-assessed by security experts and security requirements will be determined considering all the factors.”

The BNS will be managed by the ministry, which has already started recruiting staff responsible for the facility.

Football, field and track games will be some of the activities hosted at the stadium.

Bingu stadium is expected to be handed over to government once snagging process has been completed. It will start hosting games next year.

The facility is an Olympic-designed stadium with components such as synthetic athletics track, natural grass football pitch, CCTV, VIP lounge and exhibition rooms among others.

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