Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture says progress in the stadium projects for Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers have been affected by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic as only essential staff is working.
The ministry’s spokesperson Simon Mbvundula said on Tuesday the projects await a response from Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) for a no-objection on the bidding process.
He said it should also be pointed out that the procurement process takes a bit of time.
Mbvundula said: “The bid was opened on March 27 and a week later the bid documents an intention to award a successful bidder.”were submitted to ODPP. We are just waiting to issue
He added: “We wrote PPDA for a no objection and we await feedback from them.
“That means they will scrutinise the process we employed up to identifying the successful bidder.
“If satisfied that the process was fair and credible then they will issue a no objection status.”
Nomads and Bullets on Tuesday said they are patiently waiting for the projects to be completed.
Said Bullets chief administration officer Albert Chigoga: “The good thing is that we are in touch with government as regards the progress and there is commitment and for now, all we can do is to wait.”
President Peter Mutharika pledged stadiums to the two local football powerhouses during the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections campaign period.
The People’s Team was allocated a piece of land at Moneymen along Chikwawa Road and the Nomads near Kanjedza Forest.
The projects were allocated K1.6 billion in the 2019/20 National Budget.