Work on the installation of floodlights at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre has been suspended indefinitely five months after the project started, according to director of sports in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Jameson Ndalama.
The project, which is being implemented by a South African company, MK Electrical Installation, started last December, but work stopped in February.
“There were hitches in the procurement procedures; hence, work had to be suspended. As of now, I cannot say as to when it will resume because the committee responsible for overseeing the project is looking into the matter,” said Ndalama.
The installation of the floodlights is part of the K800 million (about $3.2m) government project, which according to Ndalama, will see the erection of a modern digital scoreboard and setting up of big screens around the stadium.
“We had hoped to finish the installation of the floodlights and erect a scoreboard by the end of the 2011-12 financial year, but we wonâ€™t be able to do so due to the challenges I have mentioned,” said Ndalama.
Government plans to commercialise Kamuzu Stadium through building of facilities such as gymnasium, washroom and restaurants so that it can generate revenue.
The completion of the whole project, according to Ndalama, is expected to take three years.