Chakwera wants Malawi to be a top spot in sports 

President Lazarus Chakwera  says he wants Malawi to be one of the best in the world of sports because the Tonse Alliance administration has an enhanced vision for sports.

President Lazarus Chakwera speaking.(C) Govati Nyirenda
President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera honors late Griffin Sayenda by naming a Multipurpose indoor games complex in Lilongwe.(C) Govati Nyirenda
Pictures of a completed Griffin Sayenda complex in Lilongwe.(C) Govati Nyirenda

Chakwera, speaking Friday when he laid a foundation stone of the multi-purpose indoors sports complex named after the late legendary Malawi national netball team coach, Griffin Saenda, at Area 48 in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, said: “My administration have a very different vision for sports. We have an enhanced vision for sports and we hope to implement it and make Malawi among the best countries in sports.”

The Malawi leader said he was not there to launch anything as construction on the site was already in progress.

“I did not come here to launch anything. I am here to inspect the progress of the project. As you can see, construction has already been happening for some time,” said Chakwera, who previously held the position of chairperson for the Malawi National Council of Sports..

He said Malawians no longer entertain Presidents who lay stones on an empty grounds, which remains empty for decades if not forever.

Chakwera assured Malawians that he will live to see all projects under his administration.

“I came here to inspect the progress of the work, because I want to see this project and other projects my administration is undertaking that everything is running on time and on budget and that nothing is compromising on quality,” Chakwera said.

Chakwera, however,  hailed the contractor for the Griffin Saenda Sports Complex project for their quality delivery and speed.

“Let me commend the contractor of the project here for the progress made so far. Do not fall into the trap of complacency, going forward.

“Now that I have seen the stage at which the work is , I fully expect that you will put the peddle to the metal to see this done,” said Chakwera.

‘Commercialising Sports’

The President said the young people for whom the complex was being build for cannot be expected to wait forever.

Chakwera therefore called upon all Malawians to embrace the team working spirit in order to fulfill the vision of moving sports from a mere pastime to big business and push a vision to commercialise sports.

Speaker of the National Assembly, Catherine Gotan Hara and Minister of Youth and Sports, Ulemu Msungama  were among the notable figures who  attended the function.

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2 years ago

Netball is the only sport that puts Malawi on the world map. It’s unfortunate that every government that comes in doesn’t take it seriously. UK, Spain, Brazil, France etc pride themselves in soccer, Canada prides itself in hockey, Kenya prides itself in marathon, India prides itself in cricket. That’s where they invest their money in. Us, though we’re great at netball, we hardly invest in it. Come on Malawi!

2 years ago

Well done Mr President. Nanunso northerners start your own developments, do not wait for the government to do for you. We’ll to do people northerners mwangodzadzana mu Lilongwe and Blantyre but you don’t develop Mzuzu, your relatives in the north are lacking many infrastructure things like good health clinics, sports complexes, and shopping malls. Common wake up northerners, group up yourselves, you are rich and capable, help the government to develop your region, do not just cry for anything.

2 years ago

Chakwera wants a lot of things, the problem is Chakwera is not a doer. So these things remain but a distant dream

2 years ago

Bwana 37% of Malawian children are stunted and can’t mange to compete. Let’s focus on making sure we eradicate stunting by making sure that Malawians are eating all food groups.( reduce the tax on cooking oil hint hint) with full sized Malawians we can talk about being competitive. As of now thanks for the complex people can use it to keep fit.

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