Authorities have evicted people who have been cultivating on the land next to the newly constructed Bingu National Stadium along Kaunda Road in Lilongwe.
The eviction follows landscaping works which have started to improve the ambience and final touches around the sports facility.
Ministry of Sports and Culture chief architect Mc Night Munthali said yesterday the encroachers would not be compensated in any way because they were cultivating on the land illegally.
He said: “We have given that land to contractors who are going to do the landscaping for us to improve the area’s beauty. In fact, that land is a road reserve which was initially a forest band and the people whose maize has been destroyed must not expect any compensation.”
On the land were gardens where the maize had just germinated within about two to three weeks and the land has been levelled by a grader (tractor).
The stadium, the biggest in the country, has been constructed with a loan from the Chinese government and was expected to be officially opened before the end of this year.
Lilongwe City Council (LCC) has confirmed the development and said encroachers were illegal land users.