Chilima upbeat on Bingu Stadium opening; Malawi VP appeals to public to put facility in good use

Vice President Saulos Chilima has hinted that government might go ahead opening the state-of-the-art Bingu National Stadium despite Ministry of Sports and Culture failing to secure a K500 million funding for completion of some facilities at the stadium.

Vice President Dr.Chilima accompanied by the Ministers of Sports and Transport inspects t(c) Stanley

Vice President Dr.Chilima accompanied by the Ministers of Sports inspectsm Bingu National Stadium

Vice President of Malawi Dr.Saulos Chilima is being briefed at the  Stadium (C) Stanley Makuti - Mana

 Chilima is being briefed at the Stadium (C) Stanley Makuti – Mana

Chilima speaking to reporters after touring the Bingu National Stadium - Photo by Nyasa Times

Chilima speaking to reporters after touring the Bingu National Stadium – Photo by Nyasa Times

Construction of the 40,500-seater stadium completed on November 30, 2015 but President Peter Mutharika is yet to perform the official opening of the facility due to failure by the Ministry of Sports to raise about K500 million for completion of some facilities, which were not covered in the construction agreement between Malawi government and Chinese construction firm Anhui Foreign Construction Company Limited.

Amongst the facilities the Ministry is expected to put in place include a sewer system, electricity, an MTL fibre cable and furniture. The stadium does also not have an evacuation system.

Presently, the stadium is using electricity power used for the construction, which is not enough for other functions requiring power including floodlights.

But speaking when he toured the stadium on Wednesday, Chilima felt the outstanding elements were very little to hamper the stadium opening.

“From what I have seen, the sewer system remains the crucial issue since there are over 800 toilets at the stadium. Once the sewer system has been installed, I think H.E can open the stadium. We should not be worried about playing football at night. In the state it is, the stadium can host a football match or any other activity during the day as long as the critical issue has been addressed.

“We can look at the other elements after opening the stadium,” said Chilima, who took over an hour inspecting the facilities and being briefed by Sports Ministry officials.

On safety of spectators, the Vice President admitted safety was of paramount importance and assured government would ensure there is maximum safety at the stadium. He gave an example of the 76,000-seater Old Trafford Stadium- home to English giants Manchester United, where he said all spectators can be evacuated within eight minutes in case of an emergency.

Sports Minister Grace ‘Obama’ Chiumia, who invited the Vice President to visit the stadium expressed optimism that the stadium would open soon.

“My wish is to see the stadium opened before July 6 but that all depends on the availability of funds at Treasury. The stadium could have been opened by now but there are other critical issues that government is addressing at the moment like the food shortage, shortage of drugs in our hospitals, the natural disasters and other economic problems that the country is experiencing.

“But I am hopeful that Treasury will find a way before the 2016-2017 budget is approved,” by Parliament,” she said.

Chiumia said there were few things which are needed to be finalised such as solar lights, Malawi Telecommunication Limited (MTL) cables and Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi (Escom) main cable need to be connected.

She said this will cost government about MK500 million, after the completion the stadium will be opened.

Chiumia said: “The construction of the sewer line will depend on the availability of the funds, if available it can be started as soon as they can be installed.

“As we all know that priority is sewer line, yes we have generators which can be used as electricity for a one day function. But there are issues which we need to sit down as a cabinet and discuss”.

She said government prioritises sports and the evidence of its commitment is the construction of the Bingu National Stadium and the support that it gives to the teams of the country.

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38 thoughts on “Chilima upbeat on Bingu Stadium opening; Malawi VP appeals to public to put facility in good use”

  1. zowa luhanga says:

    ndaona says:uku ndikuchedwesa nkhani.bwanji osaimika kaye za stadiamzo,muthandize anthu ndi mankhwala,lg,ndi zinazo?

  2. Chimms says:

    But the whole Government failing to finance Mk500 Million budget. Very sad.

  3. Chimms says:

    Chimms

    Point of correction, its not that the stadium don’t have toilets and urinals as some are posting here, the stadium has over 800 toilets, but its the sewer line. Toilets and sewer line are two different things but they work together. Sewer line its a pipe work that take stuff u deposit in the toilets

  4. bristol says:

    Cry my beloved country. The argument as put here is the same as child is asking Father to give him/her additional money and the mother says to the child that additional money is not important. What should the child (Ministry of Sports) do? Poor thinking from President and his vice. As somebody has already indicated, were there be money for maintenance of the stadium. Fellow Malawians, this only confirms that the president and his cabinet have no welfare of Malawians at heart, no wander there are no drugs in hospitals, failure to pay allowances (Leave grant and additional payments due to promotion of staff) that have accumulated for almost a year. I cry my beloved country where politicians always think about themselves, their families, their parties and lastly think about Malawians.

  5. Kapitawo says:

    Ma president aku Malawi kumvesa chisoni kuganiza kwao sukulu sinkalasidi ndaonera mbuzi zama presiden

  6. Che Wanimiliyoni says:

    Any donor funded govt project which has a local component funding are rarely completed on time and this stadium will not be an exception. I for one doubt very much if those mentioned are the only oustanding items and doubt also if they will cost only K500 million. You talking of a big electricity transformer, a big standby generator, water storage tanks, sewer lines, optic fibre cable, ordinary and vip furniture, police unit, bus shelters, traffic robots, slipway lanes, etc. Costruction of sewer lines to accomodate 800 toilets is not an easy task and at the end of the day you may also find that the main line can not cope with the additional load. Without kudyapo I estimate the outstanding works to cost over K5 billion and if we factor in kudyapo and devaluations the figure will rise to K10 billion. The best way is to get an addendum contract from the Chinese and let them do the construction or ask local companies like Illovo, Airtel, Press,etc do the completion and name it say Illovo Stadium for 20 years.

  7. All-i-can-say says:

    Kodi abale inu, if you cannot source the K500 million for critical services to support the stadium, where will the money to maintain this stadium come from? Was there any analysis done on how the stadium will repay the loan and for how long? Can we really prioritise a stadium when we need basic infrastructure which can support the economy, health and well-being of Malawians? Which world do these DPP guys live in? No wonder our country will forever be backward. Indeed backward thinking is a disease which only affects Malawians. What a bunch of shallow-minded people!!

  8. Rolland Chikosera says:

    No comment….

  9. Ellias Makandanje says:

    Half loaf is better than none,i second the veep.Flood lights are important but the most needed as of now is the sewer system,the rest can be done a little later on when enough funds are available.

  10. Khwinda says:

    Koma dziko ili nde kayaa,, akakhala atsogoleri nde mbuzinso zenizeni. Bwana chilima munali ndi nzeru ku Airtel komwe kuja koma pano aaaa mxii!!

  11. Khwinda says:

    Dziko ili nde kayaa,, chilichonse chobwelera mmbuyo bas. Akakhala atsogoleri nde mbuzinso zenizeni,, inu nde munali ndi nzeru ku Airtel komwe kuja koma pano aaaa mxii!

  12. Nthengazagulu says:

    How can you open a multi million stadium without flood lights? Are you thinking Chilima or you are out of your senses?
    Tell your Peter to finalize all the requirements. do you take Malawians for granted?

  13. Kwesi says:

    Koma ifedi ndi dziko la zitsiru at all levels. Very poor planners koma kufuna maudindo basi. Fwetseke DPP

  14. FKR says:

    Excuse me, we are paying the Chinese for this one way or the other. Why was lighting, a sewer system, fire system, evacuation system not included in the budget ? Who missed these items when signing the deal ? Come on wake up ! Why does a soccer stadium need a fiber optic internet line in order for it to be opened ? I am sorry but people are really not thinking. The fact that we went ahead and signed the deal to build this instead of a power station or instead of a bigger dam for Lilongwe or making the N1 a dual carriage highway, or installing proper traffic lights that work shows you that people at the top have no clue to what really needs to be done. Imagine discarding the basics in favor of a building a billion dollar soccer stadium that now can’t be opened because they have no power and no sewerage!!!! And when final its connected how many houses will need to go without power in order to power the massive flood lights needed to run the stadium at night….because we did not upgrade our electrical generation capacity

  15. Ze Roberto says:

    I find the comments by Chilima as wanting. This guy, like his dimwit boss, is equally not ambitious. I mean how can he downplay the need for floodlights in a stadium in the 21st century for that matter? OMG! We are really in for problems. Does he know that before 1994 Malawi stadia like Civo and Kamuzu used to host games at night?

  16. Nyamakumutu says:

    Kapempheninso kwa Bushiri akupatsani zonsezo.

  17. dwambazi says:

    aaahhhh the magnificent stadium has no bathroom/toilet facilities?????? koma Ku Malawi!!!!! we will use the stadium grounds.

    1. JOE says:

      OPEN DEFECATION BASI KKKKKK

  18. Ujeni says:

    People are starving , health care is in a pathetic state, economy is in shambles, nobody seems to care, tidzidya stadium yomweyo …….shit!!!

  19. atu says:

    if they open without flood lights they will never b installed

  20. Viyele Boys says:

    A Dr. Chilima, mupusa nazo izi. Surely Bwana VP you were Not sure that some of these facilities were not covered in the construction agreement? The whole DPP government as you tout it with the Prof.? Even worse you say it was ready in November 2015! Palibe nzeru apa! This is clueless at its worst! Better pack up and go!

  21. Dr Chaponda says:

    Zopusa osangomalizilatu mxiiii

  22. LOLLYMANTIS MPINGA says:

    but why only malawi?????

  23. LOLLYMANTIS MPINGA says:

    DOLLAR ZO MUTHANDIZIRE MA NEEDY STUDENTS AT UNIVERSITY OSAT NYASI ZANUZO

  24. Ine ndimapita Ku Civo kuja mpaka mpila kutha osapita Ku toilet.

  25. me says:

    Chilima, for the sewage, just pay mpico the contribution they are asking for. You will get connected same day. Problem are your friends at Ministry of lands who have been uncooperative on this.

  26. concern says:

    Do we really need to start unfinished structure?Is this not the chance to be flexible on kick off rather than tying games @ 2 pm,let’s be a little bit ambitious.

  27. Phoso says:

    Che Chilima you don’t know anything about Old Trafford just shut up. Tizingomwa mowa tonse muntandiremu.

  28. Nkalapwaga says:

    Muzikasetela mmastand lo! utchisi manyasa.

  29. chigi says:

    500 million kwacha? government is failing to source these funds.very unfortunate.would you please ask Prophet bushiri to do something?

  30. Achimidizimidzi says:

    Let government approach Major 1, Bushuri to help. He is a patriotic son of Malawi.

  31. Dr Manga says:

    PRIORITIES UPSIDE DOWN.WASTING MILLIONS ON STADIUM WHILE PUPILS ARE LEARNING UNDER TREES AND HEALTH FACILITIES PATHETIC.MALAWIAN WAY OF DEVELOPMENT.WHAT A SHAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! POOREST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD INDEED!!!!!!

  32. me says:

    Sewage vi you need to consult Mpico. They have a sewer from gateway which you don’t want to pay capital contribution

  33. Mwayi Lusaka says:

    Oh my God! Malawians we lack standards and ambitions. Do we really want to open the stadium without those important facillities that we deem as ‘minor’ lets not rush to open the stadium in order to score a political point, lets open it when all necessary aspects of the stadium are fully attended to. Its highly unlikely that if opened those outstanding features will be adressed!!!

  34. James says:

    I don’t see our poor government riddled with cashgaters sustaining this massive project. . This will just become another white elephant like the Nsanje slab.

  35. German Pump says:

    How can you have a facility of that kind without toilet in the first place? I can see two cashgates there! Some already pocketed the money meant for the sewer system, and others are waiting to cashgate frm the K500mil, my country wont prosper. When initiating for a project whether through our own funds or through loan or grant, think of something that will employ thousands Malawians, not the stadium that will not generate money but it will steal require our taxes

  36. suez says:

    yeah! MR CHILIMA im proud of u boss kudya money basi 9c boss!

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