The Chronicle (Lilongwe)

27 April 2006

Malawi: MP Quizzes Govt Over Stadium Funds

Lilongwe — Member of Parliament for Kasungu Central Carrington Jimu has asked government to explain why it allegedly diverted money intended for construction of a stadium in Kasungu to the construction of Balaka Stadium.

Jimu said in Parliament that he is surprised why government allegedly snatched away an opportunity for Kasungu to have a modern stadium. "We were supposed to have a stadium in Kasungu but government decided to use the money for construction of Balaka stadium," said Jimu.

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Jafari Mussa, responding to Jimu's accusation, said it is not true that the money that was supposed to be used for construction of a stadium in Kasungu was the same money used for construction of Balaka Stadium.

Mussa said the construction of Balaka Stadium was a choice of Balaka people as evidenced by a proposal of development activities through Secondary Centre Development Programme (SCDP) Chitukuko Cha Matauni. "There is a programme in the ministry of Local Government and Rural Development that provide structures to selected trading centres in the country through a rural growth centre initiative and people in that particular area are free to choose what type of structure they would like to have either a market, a community centre hall, or roads and the people of Balaka opted for community ground," said Mussa.

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