New Blantyre stadium funds diverted

Progress on the new stadium to be constructed in Blantyre  which is estimated to cost between $100 million (about K73.4 billion) and $150 million (about K110.1 billion) will be stalled with diversion of the  starter funding of K1.5 billion which was allocated in the 2018/19 budget going towards rehabilitation of Kamuzu Stadium in the same city.

Minister of Sports Francis Kasaila, himself a civil engineer by profession, visiting Kamuzu Stadium to monitor renovations works 

Part of the Njamba Freedom Park has since been identified as the site for the new stadium and the  construction is expected to take about two years.

But this year’s budget allocation to the ministry for sports infrastructure development for the new stadium has gone to Kamuzu Stadium for installing an artificial turf and repairing facilities.

Treasury spokeman Davis Sado said they felt the need to prioritise the Kamuzu Stadium rehabilitation.

“That is why we  had to divert the funding allocated to the new stadium,” he said.

The rehabilitation of Kamuzu Stadium 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 Mulanje Park in Mulanje, Kalulu Stadium in Nchalo, Chikwawa.

President Peter Mutharika promised to construct a new stadium in Blantyre when he was campaigning for presidency prior to the 2014 Tripartite Elections.

Once the new stadium is completed, Malawi will surely be able to host the Africa Cup of Nations or any other tournaments within the region as the country also have the state-of-the-art Bingu National Stadium.

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4 years ago

Kamuzu Stadium rehabilitation like the construction of the new Njambi Stadium, has been in the news for years with no tangible progress to date. Looting has gotten to a point where an entire budget allocation disappears into the thin air with no trace. Politicians are now dying of lifestyle diseases due to overeating (have too much money) whilst many millions are going to sleep hungry or reduced to eating grasshoppers for dinner.

Yahya Yahya Jammeh
4 years ago

As a matter of fact the best should have been to demolish Kamuzu stadium and put up a new structure other than bringing noise to Mjamba, which is residential area. Blantyre does not necessarily need two stadia.

che nnungu
4 years ago

Timadziwa kuti simungamange stadium

4 years ago

Anthu a ku South mumanamiza za Peter ndithudi!!

Peter ndi wa “NYUMWITSA HEAVY”!! Pamene inu mukuti ndinu a town mukunena Blantyre, iye ndi wa town heavy ndipo yake ndi Washington kapena New York!! Mwayiwona imeneyoooooooooooooooo!! Koma wakuchezaniiiiiiiiiiiiiiii mapetoooooooooooooooo!! DDP oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

Defender of Faith
4 years ago


4 years ago

Negative reporting, especially the headline.

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