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Sports Perspective: Let us eject this disc

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There are interesting images of speech emanating from the newly-constructed Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe, which in all fairness, needed to be quarantined for the sake of good order.

All along we thought that the stadium has been fully-completed and it was ready for the handover to Malawi Government by its financers, the Chinese government.

However, as we all anticipated that the venue can host matches; confusing stories started emerging that the stadium has no electricity, no sewer system and rampant theft by remorseless thugs.

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I mean those thugs who are opposed to light and progress. I remember one Chinese supervisor, who lost his cool and decided to chase a thief in a broad day light, caught the attention of the media.

It was equally shocking when it transpired that the stadium needs an additional K500 million outside Chinese government funding to be fully completed.

The Vice-President, Saulos Chilima and Minister of Sports, Grace Chiumia, visited the facility this week, but failed to assure Malawians on the exact date the facility would be fully operational.

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All what we heard from these two top government officials was that there was need to prioritise sewer system to lighting system when simple logic tells us that both are a necessity to this public facility.

By implication the vice- president was suggesting that the stadium can be used in its incomplete state, which I feel is unhealthy. This is a public facility which is supposed to be financed by public money and people expect to see up to scratch standards.

If government does not have the K500 million to complete the project, why rush to open it?. In fact, it is a joke that the whole Treasury cannot afford to source this money when billions of kwacha are being siphoned from the same coffers through Cash-gate.

It is counter-productive for the sports minister, another problem child to the sports fraternity, to tell the nation to exercise patience as the facility would be ready soon. How soon is it madam minister?

Both the minister and vice-president are policy makers and they have much influence on government business. They were supposed to be brutally honest in their statements and tell us when the facility would be ready for use.

They should desist from telling us issues in parables as if they are on a political podium.

If the government is not ready to release the required funds, let us forget about it and continue watching soccer at our dilapidated Kamuzu Stadium, an arena which has catapulted our local football stars into fame.

It is not my job to tell you that we are fed up of listening to the government’s super song of Bingu National Stadium. We can afford to eject that disc.

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