Government has conceded it has delayed the handover of the state of the art multibillion kwacha Bingu Stadium in the capital, Lilongwe.
Minister of Sports and Culture Grace Chiumia said the Chinese wrote the government on November 28, 2015.
“They wrote us two days before the official completion date of 30 November, they are indeed on time but there are several things we have to do as government before we take over,” she said.
She said the government has to identify government buildings experts who should certify that the stadium and the buildings are ready for use.
Chiumia also said the government has not yet employed staff who will be looking after the stadium. “The inspection of the building might not take time, it might take one or two days but we are yet to complete the recruitment of staff for the stadium,” said Chiumia.
Minister of Transport and Public Works Francis Kasaila said the stadium would not only change the face of the city but also put Malawi on the map in as far as international games are concerned.
The stadium which can house more than 40,000 people is almost completed and it is expected to be handed over to Malawi government later in the month.
“This is a world-class facility and we are very proud of it,” said Kasaila.
The state-of-the-art stadium is constructed by a chinese contractor to the tune of 70 million U.S. dollars, a concessional loan to be paid back by Malawi government in 20 years.
Among other facilities are the 56 lounges where families and sponsor groups will have the luxury of watching live events in private.
It also has a press gallery, a gym and Olympic standard synthetic running track around the pitch, and the playing field is covered with special drought-resistant grass imported from South Africa.
Malawi government named the stadium Bingu National Stadium in honour of Malawi’s former president Bingu Mutharika who initiated the project with the Chinese government.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :