As other districts are enjoying the fruits of constructing of stadiums by their councils, uncertainty surrounds completion of Mchinji Stadium project which started 12 years ago.
Mchinji district commissioner Bester Mandere said the project has stalled due to lack of funding.
Construction of the stadium started in 2008 by Mtima Construction Company before Mandere’s administration came in.
“We have to check on the budget remaining works and how management planned to fund the project. But we are eager as the current management to sell the project to other donors, including the government. This project is important to the council as a source of revenue,” said Mandere.
A concerned Mchinji resident Jickson Tseka said the delayed completion of the stadium has affected the development of sports in the district.
“We are worried with failure to complete our stadium. We expected that after the stadium has completed, it would generate revenue for the council as well as creation of job opportunities for the people,” he said.
Member of Parliament for Mchinji Central Jephter Mwale said the unfinished stadium project is negatively affecting the youths in the district, as they do not have a conducive place for sporting activities.
“I would like to see all the unfinished projects completed because this is the only way we can get value for the money,” he said.
Other districts such as Kasungu, Balaka, Mangochi, Karonga have stadiums constructed through the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development project.
The construction of the community stadiums in the districts is aimed at helping councils to boost collection of revenue.