New Blantyre stadium construction to start at Njamba soon — Mutharika

President Peter Mutharika’s promise for a new national stadium in Blantyre would become a reality as he has disclosed the full phase of the facility’s construction at Njamba Freedom Park  will commence soon as money for the project has already been secured.

Mutharika says new BT stadium set to start

Speaking Sunday in Chirimba Township, Blantyre during a whistle stop tour of different parts of the city, Mutharika said the project is on and that the contractor has already been identified.

“The plan of the stadium has been finalized and the place has already been identified.

“As soon as the money arrives, we will start construction of the new stadium and Blantyre will wear a new face,” Mutharika said.

The  erection of the new stadium in the commercial city will be a big relief for Blantyre-based TNM Super League outfits Nyasa Big Bullets, Be Forward Wanderers and Azam Tigers, who spend a lot to fulfil their home fixtures at distant venues such as Kalulu Stadium in Nchalo, Chikwawa.

In the past five years, under Mutharika’s leadership, government has constructed stadiums in various districts including Karonga and Mulanje, among others, which have attracted TNM Super league games.

The President first pledged to construct a new stadium in Blantyre when he was campaigning for the presidency ahead of the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections which he won.

In the current budget, government allocated K1.5 billion for designs and construction of the facility’s first phase.

The allocation was part of the K3.65 billion for sports infrastructure development.

Construction of the new stadium is estimated to cost between $100 million (about K73.4 billion) and $50 million (about K110.1 billion). It is expected that the  construction of the facility will take about two years.

Apart from Blantyre new stadium, seven sports facilities are under construction in some districts courtesy of Malawi Government through the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.

There has been construction of stadia in Zomba, Ntcheu, Mangochi, Monkey Bay, Nkhotakota, Rumphi and Karonga where in some of them, additional facilities catering for other sporting disciplines such as netball, basketball, volleyball and athletics have been included.

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Masanje eni eni
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Can we really develop with these stadia’s and we are even failing to fully utilise Bingu stadium

Katakwe
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Njamba is not an ideal place for the stadium. The best the government should have done was to demolish Kamuzu stadium and construct a new one at the same place. This is what happened with the now Millenium stadium in Cardiff.

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

Even Wembley Stadium, anangosiya ma pillar or malo pang’ono achikumbutso. Why have 2 national stadia in a small city like Blantyre and barely a kilometer apart.
Koma we are watching a “soap opera” starring DPP thieves. With population BOOM and the whole of a government would prioritize 4 STADIA.

braveheart
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..go ahead construct that stadium..BT badly needs a modern stadium in this era! Sports like football has changed millions of peoples life.In Malawi we are very behind.Not even a player in the English premier league,La Liga,etc. Its high time we start working towards conquering that stage! This development is 200% welcome.

Ras Shillo
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Ras Shillo

Uchiphwanya nphwala nde umenewu

che nnungu
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Galu wabodza uyu

Wazahhh
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Wazahhh

I am not convinced that the priority at this point is a stadium and not a hospital bigger than QECH…I challenge the president to make a SURPRISE visit to QECH and affirm to the nation that me that we do not need a big and better hospital.

Questions to ask ourselves, why are these Chinese keen on hotels and stadiums and not school/hospitals?

Koma?
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Koma?

Bwanji Amalawi timapangira dala kumaganiza mofoila ? People want jobs not stadia !!!! Its time to create employment , bwana president . Nthawi zina zimadabwitsa kuti a President athuwa ndi a proffesor di? Mukufuna anthu azingosewera ndi kuwonera mpira basi. Ziwapindulira chiyani???

JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
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JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder

Ndiye iwe ukuona ngati ma stadium angozimanga okha popanda anthu kulembedwapo ntchito? Iwenso mbalame yeniyeni eti?

Grifgy
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Grifgy

A jj mbewe tamaganizani chonde..mesa kumanga hospital will also create jobs..and if you weigh between a stadium or hospital what makes more sense? Koma mwapepela nayo DPP yanuyo nanutu

Kontobosh
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Kontobosh

Problem of borrowing money we have no control of. The loans Africans have taken from China are on their terms and not the governments terms. This is the reason they build stadiums instead of hospitals because of the hopeless beggars who want to prove to Malawians that they are developing the country. If only the government had their priorities right Malawi wouldn’t be in its state.

Roll Out ATI Now
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Roll Out ATI Now

“As soon as the money arrives”, Where is the money coming from Mr. President. Stop lying to Malawians because of politics. You are building bridges and roads, most of which are of poor in quality.

BEYADI
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Where is Mombera University ? Where is mzuzu airport ? Where is mzuzu stadium ?

Chiswa B
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Chiswa B

Akumangirani Chihana

JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
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JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder

kkkkkkkkkk Koma chiswa B

Roll Out ATI Now
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Roll Out ATI Now

Nanga inu si mungoba ndalama zathu.

Tiyanjane
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Tiyanjane

Very stupid

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Ukalamba ndi nthenda yoopsa

edisoni
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Mwachedwa nazo izi nthawi yakutherani kambani zina

edisoni
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ma cadet anuwo akufoilitsani anthu akuona zikuchitika this is democratic Government osazunza anthu osalakwa aliyense ali ndi ufulu osankha chipani