Mchinji Director of Finance Andrews Mhango was taken to task by the community over K7 million Stadium allocation believed to have been missapropriated causing the delay to the construction works.
The stadium which is being constructed in the district will be ready by June 2015, Mchinji District Council Chairman Kennedy Chipanga has disclosed.
“We are aware that the council failed to pay the contractor Mr Jeromy Waluza, who is a former MP for Mchinji South West, funds amounting to K7 million despite fully allocated,” said Chipanga/
Chapinga said efforts have been made to demand the report but all has gone in vain.
He said the stadium has the potential to generate more funds which could be used in other development projects in the district.
“Our dream to have the stadium here (in Mchinji) is still on, it will not just improve football activities but also be a source of revenue in our district. That is why we need it as soon as possible, we are in talks with the contractor to resume the work so that by June this year our stadium should be ready,” said Chipanga.
Director of Finance for Mchinji district council Andrew Mhango confirmed the development saying the stadium has been allocated K15 million in the current district development budget.
He said the council has already invested K13 million from local development fund (LDF) on the project and hopes to source more funds elsewhere to complete the stadium.
“The stadium is one of our priorities from development point of view, we have spared 15 million kwacha strictly for the stadium project and we also hope to get more funds from Germany,” he said.
The district DOF then said the project has been neglected since 2010 in previous district development budget due to inadequate funds.
The misappropriation of the money was revealed over the weekend during public hearing which took place at Mchinji Boma which was organinised by State of the Union (SOTU) coalition in Malawi also known as National Advocacy Platform (NAP).
SOTU is currently implementing the “My African Union” campaign which seeks to constructively engage citizens and stakeholders in advocating for acceleration of the domestication and implementation of African Union (AU) legal and policy instruments popularly called charters and protocols.
They include commitments to safeguard the environment, combat corruption, improve access to quality health care, empower women and youth, protect child rights and promote democracy.
SOTU National Cordinator, Edward Chileka Banda, says if domesticated and implemented, the AU charters and protocols have a very promising impact of eradicating poverty and suffering in Malawi.
Chileka believe that , the National Budget as passed and reviewed by the Parliament becomes a very important instrument to actualize the rights and freedoms enshrined in the signed and ratified charters and protocols.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :