CONSTRUCTION and rehabilitation works at the new 50,000 capacity Lusaka and Independence stadiums respectively expected to gobble up about US$ 94 million are expected to start on June 28.
Works and Supply Minister, Gabriel Namulambe said yesterday that works on the Lusaka Stadium, expected to be completed in 2013, were expected to start at the end of this month and that the contractor, Shanghai Construction Group of China had moved on site and levelled the ground.
Namulumbe said in an interview in Lusaka that the contractor had put up a brick wall fence around the site in readiness for the commencement of the works, which once completed, would be the second high-tech stadium in the country after the Ndola Stadium, which is nearing completion.
The minister said he got a briefing from the contractor but would make an on the spot check to find out for himself what was happening at the site as he believed on seeing the actual works on the ground.
He said the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO) had supplied power to the site.
President Rupiah Banda during the ground-breaking ceremony in January this year, together with Chinese vice-Premier, Hui Liangyu, said the two projects were made possible by a concessional loan from the Government of the People's Republic of China.
President Banda described it as a milestone in the history of Zambian sports, adding that the design principle of the new stadium would ensure it was suitable not only for hosting domestic and international football matches, but other sporting disciplines and social and cultural activities.
The president warned against vandalism at the two structures, saying the vice only served to retard progress and development his Government craved to achieve.
Liangyu said the construction of the new stadium would serve as a new symbol of long existing friendship between Zambia and China tracing back the two countries relations back to 47 years ago when Zambia fostered ties with the Far East country and became among the first to work with in Africa.