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Bullets, Nomads stadia project not abandoned says Minister

Government says it has only shelved but not abandoned the Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forwards Wanderers Stadia project.

In June this year, the past immediate DPP led government allocated over 3 billion kwacha towards the project.

Consequently, former President Peter Mutharika unveiled the 3.8 billion kwacha ambitious projects at Zingawangwa and Soche grounds respective in Blantyre respectively.

Ex-Malawi President Peter Mutharika during ground breaking ceremony 

Immediately after the launch,  China Civil Engineering and Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Company commenced work at the construction sites.

But in a dramatic turn of events, the Tonse Alliance led administration which won the June 21 Fresh Presidential election, suspended almost all government contracts including the Nomads-Bullets stadia project pending review.

Subsequently, the two projects were omitted in the revised 2020/21 national budget presented by the Minister of Finance in Parliament, currently under deliberations in Lilongwe.

Responding to questions from some members of Parliament during the committee of supply, both minister of Finance Felix Mlusu and Sports Ulemu Msungama explained that the two projects have only been shelved and not abandoned.

“Construction of the stadia for Bullets and Wanderers were not a priority in this blue print.

However, that is not to say, the Tonse alliance government has completely abandoned the projects,” Mlusu said.

Ulemu Msungama – Minister of Sports

The sentiments were also echoed by the minister of Sports Ulemu Msungama.

“Government has not abandoned the project but rather there are some grey areas that need attention.

This is just a temporal suspension in order to allow government implements other equally critical promises”. Msungama said.

 

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