Ageing Kamuzu Stadium demolition decision reached: Sport Minister says it is death trap

It used to be the centre of activities for the nation since 1964 from the days of  founding president Kamuzu Banda up until 28 January, 2017, the country’s soccer mecca, the Kamuzu stadium can no longer host a high profile activity or match because of the condition it is in.

Ageing Kamuzu Stadium to go for complete demolition….Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

This according to government is a worry such that the decision to demolish the facility has already been reached, Minister of Labor, Youth, Sports and manpower development Henry Mussa confirmed the development to Nyasa Times.

Mussa said government has already set aside mechanisms on how the process of demolishing the facility will be done.

“Kamuzu stadium is a death trap. As government, we cannot sit back and accept those who want to use the facility for activities because it’s a huge risk.

“The plan is already there to construct a new stadium at the site once  the current structure has been demolished. Let me assure Malawians that plans to demolish the facility are already there,” said Mussa.

Asked on possibilities for the facility to be used during the 2017 football season, Mussa said all stakeholders have been consulted regarding the condition of the facility and hope the decision will be adhered to.

Mussa said the construction of the new stadium is one of the projects the government has lined up for Blantyre City.

This is not the first time government has announced plans to demolish Kamuzu Stadium.

In 2014, Minister of Sports and Culture Grace Chiumia also announced plans to demolish Kamuzu Stadium.

That time she said consultation on the process had already started, however, a year later the plan has not been implemented.

Built over 60 years ago by colonists, the Kamuzu Stadium is the oldest stadium in the country.

Over the years, the stadium’s condition dilapidated and about three quarters of the stands were most recently condemned for being in poor condition.

Government structural engineers already condemned the stadium four years ago after serious cracks were discovered in most of the stands, a development that led to the closure of the facility by former Sports Minister Enoch Chihana.

The stadium was reopened after some concerned supporters petitioned Chihana on lack of football venues in Blantyre.

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3 thoughts on “Ageing Kamuzu Stadium demolition decision reached: Sport Minister says it is death trap”

  1. Nomachelsea says:

    Dont demolish it , just use it for other competions like premier leagues, school competions like under 14,17, mayors trophies or just for national team trainings, super league clubs trainings etc find somewhere within BT to build another one.coz mukagwetsa kuti ina imangidwe will take time komanso ndalama zake zidzadyedwa.

  2. Zinenani Zoona says:

    Kamuzu Stadium was not not built in one year (1963 or 64). The colonialists built something like Balaka or MDC stadium. After independence, Kamuzu added other stands. Even Bakili added a stand. As such the stands are not all of the same age. The stands were designed using what is called “serviceability limit” which allows structures to sway without reaching breaking limit. While a lot has been written about the structure being too old, nothing is said about others like Delamere house which Kamuzu officially opened in 1965 or 66 (if they were people, the stadium and Delamere house would be age-mates). As much as building a modern stadium is a welcome idea, the integrity of the existing structure should not be used as an excuse. The structures are still sound, if not, they can still be propped up and remain in use for another 50years or more.

  3. Salangwa says:

    A very good idea by MG, but dont demolish it until resources are there to anew one.Will it bear the same? Dont politicise it. We all know that its Kamuzu Stadium.

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