Communities in Karonga will have to wait until the end of June this year (2017) in order to see the long awaited Karonga Stadium finally completed.
Local Development Fund (LDF) authorities are reported to have given the project contractor, Nangaunozge Building Company, another period of 30 days after he failed to complete the work three times since 2016.
However, the development has irked Karonga Stadium Development Committee members who are surprised with the delay as other stadiums under the same fund are now operational.
Speaking when briefing the stadium committee over the weekend, District Commissioner (DC) Richard Hara, said he had received communication from LDF that the contractor was given an additional period of 30 days in order to complete the stadium.
‘‘I am informed that the contractor has been given another period in order to complete the stadium, as such, you must exercise patience on the matter,’’ said Hara.
The meeting was aimed at cooling down tempers of the committee members who planned to protest against LDF for the delay of the stadium.
In his remarks, chairperson for the development committee, Kosam Munthali, said his committee would not stop demanding for quick completion of the stadium from the responsible officers.
‘‘As citizens, we are surprised that there are no reasons coming out from either LDF or the contractor about the delay for the construction of the stadium, and we will not stop demanding them until we see that the stadium is completed,’’ said Munthali.
According to Munthali, some the uncompleted fragments of the stadium include the VIP stand, drainage system, septic tank and lay-out of the car park.
Construction of the Karonga Stadium started in September, 2015 and was expected to be completed within 18 months.