Critic Kachaje says ‘nothing wrong’ stadia construction using public money

Fierce government critic Henry Kachaje has taken a different stance from those opposing the construction of two stadia for privately owned commercial football clubs by the government using public money, saying such a “luxurious” spending might make the difference in people’s lives.

Kachaje: Should we wait till all schools, hospitals, roads, bridges are built before we invest in football?

Writing on his Kacebook wall, Kachaje said Malawians are just too focused on the dire needs around them, forgetting such spending can help improve their lives as well.

“Look, this country will always have dire needs. We will have the poor in majority for decades, if not centuries to come.

“Should we wait till all schools, hospitals, roads, bridges are built before we invest in football?” says Kachaje an economist.

President Peter Mutharika has come under intense fire for his decision to use public money to construct the stadia for Nyasa Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers in Blantyre, saying this was abuse of tax payer money and illegal.

“I say, let’s build the stadia for our top two teams in this country. Let Bullets and Wanderers have some share of our national budget,” says Kachaje.

Minister of Finance Joseph Mwanamvekha has said the government has set aside K1.6 billion in this year’s national budget to kick start the construction of the two stadia.

Other government critics however say the money should be channeled to other pressing issues in the health, education and other dwindling public services.

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Peter if you don’t have money don’t promise people.

George Malemu
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I am very ignorant on this, can you tell me where it states that the government can finance a private entity. Why is it called private because it has owners. Nyasa already unveiled its plan to built a stadium and Mwamadi knows this better than all of us coz he is a signatory to that. Ndiye lero muziti akukuphelani ufulu, ufulu wake uti. Zimene analonjeza akwaniritsa, did you hear a Nyasa whether its Chigoga, Fleetwood etc kuti alephera kumanga stadium?

BIG P
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BIG P

Clubs must construct the stadiums​ with their own money not government’s money full stop

princess
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princess

we have the netball team that has time and again proved that they have what it takes to do well in tornaments but they always do not get adequate funding. just like the Bingu stadium or Kamuzu stadium y not build independent or national stadium as compared to favoring two clubs. why not help where needed, the two teams have sponsors.

SINGINI
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SINGINI

government must also pay for medical fee when we go to mwaiwathu hospital ,others are still waiting for govt to pay for airticket to go outside the country to access medical care shame on you kachaje

Alegria
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Alegria

that is a very pathectic thought, the players in these clubs are malawians and taxpayers too. yakula apa ndi nsanje akanati akuptseni mukanati well done shame

Mapwiya
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Mapwiya

Mkango for your information Karonga has just received the stadium from government and nobody complained, you think Northern region is special????? pitani kwanu mukamange nokha chitukuko

James Banda
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James Banda

If Lucky Dube was alive he could have sung ” They will build schools anymore, they will build no hospitals, all they build is stadiums. stadiums

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

I think Kachaje, Mutu wanuwo nzeru zikuperewera. Do you expect the govt to pay for private individuals. I dont think everybody supports wanderers and BB. What about the supporters of Karonga United. Will they not need a stadium? And by the fact that wto are to be built in the Southern Region, it falls with the same mentality of Lomwelisation of Malawi

Alegria
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Alegria

vuto lanu ndilimenelo chilichonse kudana ndi alomwe mukhala choncho, mulomwe akalimbikira maphunziro mwayamba kulira kuti kota system kodi mumazitenga ngati ndani inuyo. are you Jesu? nzeru mulungu angapereke kwa inu nokha? shupiti zanu mwamva?

Heaven Come
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Heaven Come

you are mtumbuka?

Jay
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Jay

Economics of Poverty at its Best. Why not just built one facility and have both teams use. Whats the logic of construction stadiums for each teams.My foot!

Yaya
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Yaya

Mr Kachaje, I understand we cannot solve all the problems this country faces, and that there will always be poor people. However, when you and your family enjoy the privileges of quality hospital services, quality education etc., it does not mean that you should do away with recognizing that not every Malawian shares in your privilege. Just because there will always be poor people for centuries to come doesn’t mean it’s ok or logical to contribute to even more of their suffering when there’s an opportunity to do something about it today. I feel that’s a lack of ‘umunthu’. If… Read more »