By Bernard Mhone:
The people of Mzimba District should expect to have a stadium of their own by March next year if there are no further delays in funding construction works at the boma.
Construction of the 11,500 capacity stadium started in February 2018 and was expected to finish in August last year.
Speaking on Tuesday when Local Government Deputy Minister Halima Daudi visited the construction site, Manobec Construction Limited Management Consultant Darlington Matabwa said they had hired three engineering specialists from Lebanon to speed up the works.
Matabwa said delays in disbursing funds for the project was one of the major challenges affecting completion of works.
“We have not been funded for construction works of this stadium since February. This has greatly affected our operations on the site. Everything has stalled. To make matters worse, the drawings we were given for this project were for Thyolo Stadium. This has made life difficult for us because the drawings cannot apply to our scenario here in Mzimba,” he said.
Matabwa further stated that the initial project budget for construction of the stadium was almost doubled from K2.6 billion to K4.6 billion based on the bill of quantity.
“Restrictions on public gatherings due to Covid-19 pandemic have also greatly affected progress of the project. This is a big project which also requires a big labour force,” he said.
In response, Daudi said the government will ensure that all stalled projects are completed within their respective time frames.
“We are going to make sure that all projects that had stalled during the previous regime have been completed. We want to do away with the stalled projects and embark on our own projects as Tonse Alliance government,” she said.
Daudi concluded by warning the project contractor against indulging in corrupt practices by, among others, inflating costs of various items in the contract.