Zomba City Council (ZCC) will soon embark on an ambitious modern stadium construction project, thanks to government-funded Local Development Fund (LDF).
The facility will be built where the dilapidated Zomba Community Centre ground is.
LDF has committed to provide funds for the project under the Local Economic Development (LED) window.
The new stadium is expected to change the face of the old capital besides improving the council’s revenue collection, particularly through hosting Super League games.
Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa said government is undertaking several activities in the city, including building a shopping mall, new market at Mpunga and installing street rights.
Said Nankhumwa: “This is one of President Peter Mutharika’s commitment towards developing the city. Government has planned to construct a new stadium as one way of developing sports.
ZCC director of planning and development (DPD) Fred Nankuyu said a consultant has already designed the new stadium and that construction works will start soon.
Member of Parliament (MP) for Zomba Central Patricia Kainga Nangozo (People’s Party) applauded government for considering Zomba City on its development agenda.
LDF head of communications unit, Booker Matemvu, said infrastructures such as stadia are aimed to empower councils generate financial resources for other development projects.
Matemvu said this is critical to ensuring that councils are self-sustainable. n