Blame game over progress on Karonga Stadium

A spirited blame game over the pace at which the construction of the Karonga Stadium is going has ensued in Karonga with local groupings spitting fire at the contractor for “lack of seriousness.”

Work in progress for Karonga stadium

Work in progress for Karonga stadium

During an ad hoc presser last week, the groupings told journalists that there was a mismatch as regards the work that had been done on the project against the time allocated for the whole project to complete.

Chairperson of the groupings plying under the banner of Karonga Stadium Development Committee on construction of the stadium Kossam Munthali said “only ten per cent of the work has been done.”

And yet, Nyasa Times understands, the contractor has been on the site for about four months.

The time allocated for the project is fifty-two weeks – about a year – Nyasa Times also learnt.

Munthali warned that if the lack of seriousness “persisted” they would be “forced” to resort to “some other action.”

While we could not reach the contractor, Nangaunozge Building Contractors, we learnt from experts on the site that what the groupings were talking about “really did not matter” as they did not understand the practicality of the whole project.

The expert, who said would have been of more significance if he were invited to the meeting, argued the groupings “needed to be schooled on the subject.”

He refused to comment further saying it would make “no difference” since they were “not invited” to the press briefing.

“But they should give us time – maybe two or three months,” he said.

The Malawi government announced the construction of the K504 million at Baka in the district – a project under the Local Development Fund.

Since independence from the Britons in 1964, north Malawi has known no state-of-the-art stadium. The two main stadiums in the country – CIVO and Kamuzu – are located in the central and southern regions respectively.

According to government sources, the stadium, which will have a capacity of up to 20 000 is the first project in the package government has for the northern region.

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16 thoughts on “Blame game over progress on Karonga Stadium”

  1. Tango says:

    Just wait until you start drilling oil, that is the time you will really know who Karonga people are. Basop

  2. ida says:

    K504 million for a stadium? Kkkkkkk kumpoto angokunamizani anzanu akumangiridwa ma stadium olodzeka.

  3. boma says:

    banyithu bakukaronga kupupuluma muk uba ngati imwe ndimwe munazeru kweni mulije .ndalama izo mukuba ngati mwasonkha ndimwe mtima pasi wamangenge uyo ndi mwanalume fumbani wanyinu waku south or central region. tawanyinu mseu wa kafukule mpaka pano taluwakoso kweni wakamupa contractor mukulu fargo. dont warry shaba ni shaba wakutondeka ntchito yayi a
    sk pa jenda wamanga town pamenepo. musovenge na phuma linu .fatsani .

  4. Bibo says:

    K504million can not build a modern stadium. I am pretty sure it will have the looks of Civo stadium or even worse. The contractor for the project is not worth the salt which means mediocre standards of construction.

    Northerners are always fooled when it comes to infrastructure projects. They are assigned second-fiddle development projects just to give credit to the ruling party while other regions enjoy high standard projects. Take for example, the comparison of Mombera university in Mzimba and Malawi university of science and technology in Thyolo, everyone will notice that the designs though are not supposed to be the same, have big disparities in terms of quality and expansiveness. Also the budgets for the two universities have approximately a ratio of 10:1 in favour of Must.

    Malawi has a problem because we have leaders who don’t embrace the country as a whole but have created a culture of favoritism and don’t cherish a completely developed Malawi from Chitipa to Nsanje. It is like they are afraid to develop certain parts of the country, quite astounding.

  5. Wakwithu syndrome says:

    I like the proactive attitudes of our friends in the north. The should monitor both the time and quality of this work so they get value for money. Interesting project done in the north by a northerner so if they cheat each other, at least they will only have themselves to blame.

  6. Sat says:

    All those who criticises people of the north,especially achewa,we the northerners don’t intervene in your way of how you baer children and not to send them to school as you are,north will never be central or south.mind your problems of not having land due to your non schooling family planning

  7. Wanzeru says:

    To be honest, we should be able to stick to the topic when commenting issues here. We Malawians Love to comment issues depending on the region that story originates! That is shame at its best.

    Someone who is wise enough can’t say ‘we shall not give you so and so….?’ Are the ppl of Karonga wrong to ask that the stadium is taking long before it is finished? Remember whether you are coming from Nsanje or Chitipa; Nkhotakota to Mchinji, we are all Malawians. No one is MORE Malawian than the other! Respect the views of others and they in turn will respect your opinion!

  8. Mwakipiki says:

    Home ground for Chilumba Barracks

  9. Gobenjani GS says:

    My dear people in Karonga, let us acknowledge that there is a problem here which is lack/absence of a modern stadium in Karonga and this is not a simple problem to address and this is a complex problem in nature.

    Effective problem solving take some time to achieve meaningful results. There comes a time whem hopeful dreams becomes a reality. Surely you can have instant results in as far as coming up with a big project like this one. This is not a bulb switching on and off situation.

    Let the good community be part of the team to solve the problem through emotion support to the construction team and not part of the problem.

    Happy New Year to all of you and remember we are all born problem solvers in one way or another.

  10. Tengupenya says:

    When did Mzuzu stop being part of the North? There is a stadium called Mzuzu stadium in Mzuzu.

  11. chatonda says:

    There can never be development in the North including Karonga because they believe in fighting kukokerana because they want to be seen that they know while they don’t. Sorry that most of the times the north is known for bad things including Chtaganya. Please give us a break you people from a hinya/north. Kuchipatala, you call health workers all nales as thieves and NAC is full of cashgate because of Kyungu and other northerners. How can you claim that Karonga stadium is the only project in the north? Tisiyatu other projects. Shut up your rotten mouths.

  12. Abishayi says:

    The truth of the matter is that the Contractor has been on site since late October so this 4 months issue is totally misrepresented. The Contractor may be delaying the project but not to the extent it is presented here. The other fact is that the Capacity for the stadium is in the range of 15,000 and that spectators will be standing as the Contract Sum could not cover construction of raised stands on props on such a flat site or deep excavation of the site like at Silver Stadium… Ndalama zalengeratu apa

  13. MaiMai says:

    Kodi why anthu aku Karonga inu you always like using violence and intimidation? I mean anything they want force, you need clean water by force, you want health issues from Kayerekera by force, you want to remove DC by force, you want road construction by force, you want family planning to stop by force,,,,,force,,,violence ….force ….violence ZIWANDA BASI. You don’t have educated and smart people like your friends in MZIMBA so quiet and yet they achieve a lot amicably….MWABOWA MWAMVA!

  14. chikhadzula says:

    Wana karonga be petient pleaese, kodi atumbuka munakhala bwanji .project olo 5month yatha chiyambileni, what kind of speed do u want???? Phuma bwanji.

  15. mercy Nyirongo says:

    Now Karonga again without unity s district or country cannot every one in Karonga wants to think they know they chased Kayelekera investors now it’s Karonga stadium my advice Karonga people ve calm like Rumphi people who are also regarded as malawi most intelligent people from recent NSO stastics Karonga plz learn this you are just noise makers if recent pronouncement is anything to go by give us a break…

  16. Mtundu Wanga says:

    Who needs a stadium? Build hospitals, modern bus stations, markets, schools and roads. Even the bus station in the so called capital city is old, dilapidated and filthy

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