By Tiyese Monjeza:
Football stakeholders will have to wait longer before they can start using Zomba Stadium as construction is far from completion.
Construction of the 20,000 seater facility started in 2017 but only 30 per cent of the works has been completed.
Zomba City Council Works Committee Chairperson, Councillor Charles Sambani, made the disclosure during a recent full council meeting.
Sambani did not indicate the exact time of the project’s completion.
“We toured the project and noted great progress compared to what we observed during previous visits. We have encouraged the contractor to engage an extra gear so that the project is completed in the shortest time possible,” he said.
The total budget for the project is K4.6 billion, with Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development financing it.
Zomba City Mayor, Benson Bullah, expressed optimism that once completed, the stadium will help in improving the council’s revenue collection.
Malawi News’ visit to the project site confirmed that expansion works of the stadium’s hall and VIP lounge are almost complete, while construction of the stands has commenced.
Delays in completion of the stadium’s construction drew the attention of Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) Eastern Region chapter in January this year.
The non-governmental organisation held demonstrations and presented a petition to Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development through Zomba District Council, demanding speeding up of the project.
HRDC Executive Committee member Winnie Panje, who led concerned soccer fans during the demonstrations, said delays in the construction was denying Zomba residents the chance to watch high profile football matches.
The stadium is being constructed by Dec Construction Limited.
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