Government has said it is in the process of terminating the contract of K504 million f Karonga Stadium construction project which Nangawunozge Building Constructors for failing to complete even after the period of completion was extended to 2017 in 2016..
Karonga Stadium Development Committee, an independent body that is overseeing the construction of a 20,000 seater stadiumhas threatened to hold a demonstration over the delay in the completion of the facility.
The committee is asking Local Development Fund (LDF) administrators to terminate its contract with the contractor who is constructing the stadium, Nangaunozge Construction Company, for failing to complete the project.
Speaking during its general meeting on Saturday, chairperson for the stadium development committee, Kosam Munthali, said the delay was depriving people in Karonga an opportunity for business.
“As a committee, we are receiving much pressure from our colleagues from Chitipa United to use our stadium as their home ground. Our inspection of the site shows that the project cannot be completed by the end of 31st May, this year  as was indicated by the contractor,”
“We observed that the construction of the VIP stand, drainage system, septic tank, and lay out of the car park is yet to be finished few days before the closing of the project. We are ready to demonstrate in order to force LDF [authorities] to terminate contract with the contractor,” said Munthali.
However, LDF Head of Development Communication, Booker Matemvu, said his office was equally concerned with the slow progress of Karonga Stadium.
“In terms of progress, we are also concerned with Karonga Stadium because it is the slowest amongst the five stadia constructed in the country. We are currently in discussion with the contractor to see how best things can move forward,” said Matemvu.
Matemvu said government is already in the process of terminating the contract.
Construction of Karonga Stadium started in September, 2015 and was expected to be completed within 18 months.
Efforts to talk to the owner for Nangaunozge company, Henry Shaba MP, proved futile as he was attending Parliament.
Following the delay in the construction of Karonga Stadium, newly promoted Chitipa United to TNM Super League will continue to use Mzuzu Stadium as their home ground.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :