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.”
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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :