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 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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :