The sewer system at the country’s soccer mecca, Kamuzu Stadium, will remain blocked unless authorities source about K8 million for special plumbing services.
Stadium manager Charles Mhango disclosed this after Blantyre City Mayor Noel Chalamanda visited and cleaned some of the facility’s 120 toilets on Friday through his ‘Keep Blantyre Clean’ initiative.
Mhango said they would also need K2 million per month to clean and maintain the toilets, which last got plumbing services early this year.
“We are unable to clean the toilets due to inadequate funding. We need K8 million for plumbing services and at least K2 million every month to sustain hygiene, yet we get between K200 000 and K500 000 for all our operations per month,” he said.
Mhango said although the stadium generates more than K5 million per month from gate collections, they do not access it for their operations as it is entirely deposited into government’s Account Number One.
While confirming that all the money generated at Kamuzu Stadium goes into government coffers, director in the Ministry of Sports, Jameson Ndalama, told TheNation yesterday that they were not aware of the current problem at the facility.
“I did not know they need such amount of money. I am hearing this from you. I will give a comment on this matter once we get a report of the same from the stadium authorities,” said Ndalama.
When queried about the meagre funding for the stadium’s operations, Ndalama said it is the Treasury that directly funds the facility as a cost centre, while his ministry is there to monitor and facilitate problem solving.