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Region 5 Games budget slashed from K16 billion to K2 billion

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The Local Organising Committee (Loc) for 2022 Africa Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Games should brace for tough times after Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs slashed budget for the games from K16 billion to K2 billion.

Loc, through Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS), was looking for K16 billion to carter for hosting of the Region 5 Games slated for December 2-11 in Lilongwe.

However, in the 2022-23 budget, Treasury has only allocated K2 billion for preparations of Malawi teams and hosting of foreign teams.

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Ministry of Finance spokesperson Taura Samuel Banda confirmed the development in an interview Friday.

“Additional resources will be provided where necessary in the course of the financial year,” Banda said.

The development has put Loc in an awkward situation after experts from Region 5 Organising Committee (ROC) faulted majority of the country’s sports facilities.

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In a separate interview Friday, Loc Chief Executive Officer Emma Mabvumbe said there was no need to panic on the resources.

“We are not worried with the figure. Government is willing to provide us with extra funds when needed. It is our hope that all our activities will be carried out without many challenges,” she said.

The committee needs more resources to renovate sports infrastructures, namely Civo, Bingu National and Silver stadiums.

According to primary assessment, there is need to fix flood lights, refurbish the dressing rooms and toilets.

On the part of Silver, there is need to replace the current playing surface with a completely new one and also construct another players’ tunnel as the current one is too small.

According to Mabvumbe, another assessment will be done next week, to determine how much will be required to renovate all the facilities.

Last week, Region 5 Chief Executive Officer, Stanley Mutoya said Malawi’s preparations were on track to host successfully host the event.

Meanwhile, Treasury maintained K2.4 billion allocation to Sports Council in the 2022/23 National Budget.

Treasury gave the Council K2.4 billion ceiling which was less than K200 million what the Council got in the 2021/22 budget.

Sports Council Public Relations Officer Edgar Mtulumbwa also confirmed the figure.

Out of K2.4 billion, a total of K2.015 billion is for other Recurrent Transactions (ORT) whereas K400 million is for developmental budget.

In the 2022/ 23 National Budget, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has been allocated K9.3 billion for projects including reconstruction of Kamuzu Institute for Sports.

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