Lilongwe residents unhappy with stadium re-allocation

Lilongwe football followers have expressed their frustrations over government’s decision to relocate the multimillion kwacha state of the art national stadium the Chinese are planning to build.

The much hyped multimillion kwacha stadium, was meant to be constructed at a site between Area 47 and Area 49 Gulliver in the capital city.

However, Malawi Government has said it has decided to have the Chinese-funded state-of-the-artstadium built in Blantyre rather than Lilongwe.

Fred Chimoka: Not happy

Nyasa Times sought views of someLilongwe residents on the matter.

Hamilton Kasontho, fromChiwoko village T/A Kabudula, says that that government has got it all wrong.

“On that government has not done a good thing, it has not considered us people who stay in the villages. Lilongwe was a central place for national events to be held at the stadium,”said Hamilton.

Evelyn Banda from Mtsiliza feels that the southern region is being favoured and and the decision for relocation is not in the interest of football but politics.

“I am very disappointed with that decision you can see how one region is now becoming more powerful and favored than the other, not so long ago we were stripped off the chances of having a university being built here and that was relocated to the south and yet again this stadium is going there.  It’s like us from the other regions we are not Malawians,” she said

Fred Chimoka from Area 49 Gulliver urged the government to reverse its decision.

“When I first heard this I could not believe it, because in Blantyre there is already Kamuzu stadium. My only plea is to our president if he is really a listening President he should do something on this,”he said.

Evelylin Banda: Reallocation decision unfair

Bentley Kampini from Area 25 says that he was very disappointed with the government’s decision as this will mean that government is failing to fulfill the promise it made to them.

“To me as someone who love football, I feel like we have been let down, because government made its promise to us that it would build us that stadium and now this sudden change .it’s very disappointing,” said Bentley.

Minister of Sports Symon Vuwa Kaunda said it was important to have a modern stadium close to Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) and Football Association of Malawi (Fam) offices in Blanrtyre and that Kamuzu Stadium has passed it prime.

The stadium will be constructed at the tune of K40 billion.

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