President Peter Mutharika on Saturday officially opened the Bingu National Stadium, the magnifiscent sports facility, the first of its kind in the country.
Many Malawians thronged to the stadium as early as five in the morning to get a space to witness the opening which was graced with pomp and glamour.
The magnifiscent multimillion Chinese funded stadium stands elegantly, dwarfing the squatter area, Mtsiriza, known for harbouring capital city thieves.
However, some critics say the stadium is a white elephant, saying the money could have been invested in more productive areas in this impoverished nation.
The Malawi National Team is not doing well in both regional and continental tournaments due to lack of financial and material resources.
In his speech, Mutharika said his administration has completed all the five major development projects, including the new stadium, which stalled after the death of former president Bingu wa Mutharika.
However, Nyasa Times can reveal that Bingu’s dream and signature project, the Shire Zambezi waterway project is still grounded.
The place in Nsanje looks abandoned and rejected, bushy.
Mutharika said now the government will embark on the new seven Chinese funded projects including the coal fired electricity plant project at Kammwamba in Neno which will drastically cut on electricity power blackouts.
The president then asked the opposition to appreciate the development projects and programs his administration is undertaking.
Mutharika’s speech was however punctuated by two short coughs, a sign that the president might be suffering from cough which has affected some residents in the Capital City.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :