The closure of Kamuzu Stadium saga by government is refusing to die, with latest developments from supporters of the six Blantyre-based Super League teams on Thursday presented a petition to Blantyre City Council and he police asking for permission to have demonstrations and a vigil on November 2, 2012.
In the letter dated 18th October, 2012 signed by five representatives and the group’s spokesperson, Mabvuto Chibambo , it said the supporters want the stadium in the commercial city of Blantyre reopened in seven days or else they will hold a vigil.
“With this letter we are also requesting your good office to provide us with security like police officers on the day of demonstrations and vigils,” reads the letter, which was also signed by Duncan Chikutumbwe as the secretary and the following members Frank Msiska, Kachingwe and Magomero.
Chibambo told Nyasa Times that the demonstrations will start from Kamuzu Stadium all the way to the populous Ndirande Township along the Makata Road before heading to government offices in the city centre where vigil will take place.
The supporters say the closure of the stadium has paralyzed the development of football in the commercial city and it is costly for team supporters to go and watch games in Balaka, Zomba and Kalulu.
For instance, for a supporter to travel to Nchalo, Balaka or Zomba have to source not less than K4,000 per person and for the Lilongwe games the supporter has to find about K10,000.
However, Minister of Youth and Sports Enoch Chihana it will not bow down to pressure to reopen Kamuzu Stadium before it undergoes renovation.
Chihana said “nothing will change” as their priority is the safety of people.
“Renovations will start soon and may not be complete until after six months,” Chihana told MBC Radio 2 FM.