By Tiyese Monjeza:
Zomba Central legislator Bester Awali has promised to take the issue of Zomba Stadium to Parliament in a bid to speed up construction works.
In his address to a group of concerned residents of the old capital at Mponda Teacher Development Centre, Awali said he was equally concerned with the uncertainty surrounding the stadium’s readiness for use.
“I will therefore lobby fellow Zomba legislators to join me in pushing for completion of construction of our stadium. So, be assured that we will raise this matter in Parliament,” Awali said.
The concerned citizens met Awali on Wednesday, asking him to play a role in pushing for completion of the stadium.
This came after people summoned Mayor Davie Maunde and DEC Construction Managing Director Elias Tchale, asking them to arrange for an audience with Local Government Minister Blessings Chinsinga on the matter.
The citizens’ chairperson Rajab Namalaka asked Awali to ensure that construction is fully completed before the stadium opens for use.
“We are not impressed with earlier plans by the city council to open the stadium after completion of the second phase, where they say it will accommodate only 8,000 people. We want to see a full capacity stadium here because there is no guarantee that construction works will continue once the facility starts hosting games at that stage,” Namalaka said.
He further said they will stick to the earlier plan to meet Chinsinga, and Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Sports representatives before January 15 on the matter.
“We want to plead with these officials to come to our rescue. There are some stadiums where construction works started after 2017 and were completed. We are wondering why our stadium is now clocking six years without being completed,” Namalaka said.
During the meeting with Awali, Zomba City Council Chief Engineer Mayamiko Kabango refuted reports that the stadium’s capacity had been trimmed from 20,000 to 8,000