Karonga Stadium construction progress stalls: Materials stolen

The progress of the construction of the K504 million Karonga Stadium at Baka in the district – a project under the Local Development Fund has stalled again as  construction materials have been stolen.

The site where Karonga stadium is being constructed

The site where Karonga stadium is being constructed

The stadium which is constructed by Nangawunozge Building Constructor from November 2015 is a 52 weeks project and expected to phase out this year.

Karonga Police Deputy Public Relations Officer (PRO) George Mlewa confirmed to Nyasa Times that 600 bags of cement at the premise have been stolen by unknown people.

“Yes, we indeed received a complaint from one of the workers at the stadium construction’s premise that 600 bags of cement has been stolen within the month of March and February but we are yet to find the suspects,” said Mlewa.

Henry Shawa the owner of the Nangawunozge Building Constructor has not been answering his mobile phone call to issue a comment on the matter.

The chairperson for the stadium steering committee Kossum Munthali said: “I am not aware about the matter as well as the progress of the stadium therefore I cannot comment anything on the issue.”

However, Nyasa Times has learnt that the work at the premise has stopped for some weeks due to the development.

According to some workers at the premise who spoke to Nyasa Times, Shawa ordered to stop the work in order to pave a way for the police to conduct their investigative independently.

“It is true that 600 bags of cement has been stolen at the premise but the owner of the company told us not to say anything about the matter, but what I can tell you is that we are not working here,”  said one of the workers.

When, Nyasa Times inspected the stadium the watchman of the area denied this reporter to enter the gate saying “you are not allowed to inspect this project because the Local Development Fund bosses told us not to allow any journalist to see the progress of the project because many materials have been stolen and everything is in the hands of the police.”

Recently, the steering committee chairperson wrote a petition to the District Commissioner’s office Rosemary Moyo demanding them to be transparent on the development as well as updating the progress to the community through the committee arguing that the project is for the people.

Moyo in responding to the matter said “the committee doesn’t have the mandate to demand reports from them saying they have their own procedures of communicating.”

Meanwhile, the community has faulted the steering committee, district council officials as well as Nangawunozge Building for being in corroborate in deceiving them.

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10 thoughts on “Karonga Stadium construction progress stalls: Materials stolen”

  1. Kamwela says:

    [email protected], contractors are the worst thieves. They use cheap material, labour and pocket millions. How many times have people complained about poor workmanship or projects being abandoned?

  2. CERIZA says:

    Tidzakhalabe chimodzimodzi mpakampaka, adani achitukuko ndi ambiri ku Malawi. kuyambira mmudzi, mmipingo, adzitsogoleri onse, no where to run.

  3. best advise says:

    how can one steal 600 bags of cement?each bag is 50kg times 600 bags is 30tons,so if someone is to steal 30 tons of cement, he has to employ 7 to 10 ganyu boys to load and hire a 30 ton truck to load th cement and it can take up to 3 to 4 hours to load so u mean to tell me no guard could c a big 30 ton being loaded with cement within tht 4 hours?this is sooo ridiculous

  4. truth says:

    This is a blue lie.hu r these police officers investigating if they have not even asked the prime suspects -the guards.This the contractors fault.Kulemekeza cash basi osayika alonda odalirika.The truth of the matter is the contractor has possibly not receive his part payment.Or those pipo at assembly knows something.

  5. bentry smart says:

    Stadium yamtundu wanji, yomanga ndi 500 million? Ndalama yoti olo kumangira lodge singakwane

  6. ine kudabwatu daily mowa akulu akulu amanga stadium WA pa museum komanso 12 tribes. inunso a Kossum mwatairilatu akudyesani chibanzi chani? work up pls

  7. 2016 welcome says:

    When the Chinese were constructing the new stadium in Lilongwe they whipped some Malawian thieves at the construction site. Some of you condemned the Chinese. You were wrong. Since multiparty democracy Malawians have grown into irresponsible people. They lost the moral yardstick to know what is wrong and right . People have become so selfish. No wonder corruption at all levels is rampant. We always think of individual gains and not for public good. Any construction tender won by a Malawian company will either end up with low quality product or not finish at all. We are a doomed nation who claim to be God fearing yet reality on the ground suggests otherwise. A country of hypocrites! A country of baboons!

  8. ZALEWA says:

    THE CONTRACTOR
    IS TO BLAME !!

    ARREST HIM
    HE KNOWS SOMETHING

    WHERE ARE HIS SECURITY
    PERSONNEL ,,?,,

  9. Vincent K Safalao says:

    Enemies of progress. Maybe after this greedy and selfish generation Malawi will be a better nation. You can’t trust anyone all are thieves excluding the contractors. Shame.

  10. kawelo says:

    APA palije chiwemi

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