Blantyre City Mayor Noel Chalamanda on Friday took the ‘Keep Blantyre Clean’ initiative to Kamuzu Stadium where they cleaned some toilets at the open stands.
Wearing a dustcoat and equipped with a brush, the city father endured offensive smell from the toilets to clean the tubs, most of which were filled with mounds of human excreta.
Kamuzu Stadium yesterday hosted the Mayor’s Charity Shield match between rivals Big Bullets and Mighty Wanderers.
Poor sanitation has been a long-standing problem at Kamuzu Stadium, where sewer pipes remain blocked despite regularly hosting crowd-pulling matches that generate revenue for the facility.
“This is a place where we come to have fun and not to contract preventable diseases. There are big plumbing problems here, but we felt we could assist to solve them.
“We have the ‘Keep the City Clean Initiative’ in place and we could not let people come to watch the Mayor’s Charity Shield match with toilets in such pathetic state,” said Chalamanda who was accompanied by Big Bullets chairperson Kondi Msungama and private banking company director Tadeyo Mphande.
According to Kamuzu Stadium manager Charles Mhango, the stadium has 120 toilets, which they fail to maintain due to funding constraints.
“We get about K5 million from gate collections per month [in football season]. We deposit the whole amount into government’s account number one, which we cannot access for our operations. We are given between K200 000 and K500 000 per month for all our operations yet we need about K2 million every month for cleaning and maintaining the toilets alone,” said Mhango. n