Karonga stadium delay, residents warn Shawa of Nangaunozge Building Contractor

Angry residents of Karonga have planned to force Nangaunozge Building Contractor out of the district for failing to complete the K504 million stadium, despite given several chances.

Mpofu Shawa: Nangaunodze contractor slow progress on Karonga Stadium

The 20, 000 seater stadium which is funded by the Local Development Fund, started in September, 2015 and was supposed to be completed within 18 months.

The stadium was expected to be completed last month after  it had been extended for almost five times.

However, the contractor is yet to complete its duty on the ground and is again seeking for extension.

The development has angered the community who suspect that the delay is political.

Leader of the group, Steven Simsokwe wondered why other stada in other districts that started in the same period are completed while Nangaunozge is still begging for extension.

“We are tired now, Nangaunozge has been deceiving us for almost three years now. He must pack and go, let other contractor finished the stadium,” said Simsokwe.

According to the fearless youth activist, they don’t want to see any properties of Nangaunozge at the stadium because he is nothing but a failure.

“Owner of Nangaunozge, Henry Mpofu Shaba is an MP of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, may be thus why government is backing him. They want to open the stadium when we are close to 2019 general elections so that they use it as a campaign tool,” he suspected.

LDF Head of Development Communication, Booker Matemvu, earlier told Nyasa Times that his office was equally concerned with the slow progress of Karonga Stadium and that they are in the process of terminating the contract.

“In terms of progress, we are also concerned with Karonga Stadium because it is the slowest amongst the five stadia constructed in the country. We are currently in discussion with the contractor to see how best things can move forward,” said Matemvu.

Shaba of Nangaunozge claim that the delay is due to fund and heavy rainfall that hit the district.

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