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Members of Parliament (MPs) on Wednesday questioned Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) for failing to take a leading role in the implementation of the electronic ticketing project in government-owned stadiums.

Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Social and Community Affairs, Richard Chimwendo Banda, and some MPs made the observation after meeting MNCS’ officials in Lilongwe on Wednesday.

“E-ticketing is the way to go. Most African countries have installed the system in their stadiums to improve gate revenue. I was shocked to watch a game between big teams in Malawi (Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets) but every Jim and Jack accessed the VIP Stand,” Banda said.

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“We are surprised that sports administrators and the Sports Council are not showing seriousness in the implementation of the project.”

During the meeting, the Sports Council’s Executive Secretary, George Jana, indicated that they had earmarked K300 million for the e-ticketing project.

However, the MPs queried the Sports Council for allocating a small amount to the project.

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But in response, Jana said: “We do not own a stadium and it would not be easy for us to invest in somebody’s house. Indeed, we have the e-ticketing project on our wish-list.”

The government owns most facilities such as Bingu National Stadium, Civo and Kamuzu stadiums whereas the Reserve Bank of Malawi owns Silver Stadium.

Most top-flight teams’ failure to own stadiums sees them struggle to maximise gate revenue, which is prone to fraud.

Meanwhile, the MNCS has disclosed that they have repossessed management of Kamuzu Institute for Sports in Lilongwe, a year after they were thrown out of the facility.

In 2015, the Ministry of Sports repossessed the facility, forcing the Sports Council to relocate to rented offices in Mchesi Township.

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