6 December 2012

Zambia: Govt Courts Chinese On Kaoma Stadium Project

GOVERNMENT is in talks with two Chinese firms over the construction of a stadium in Kaoma, Western Province.

The companies in question are ANHUI Foreign Economic Construction Group (SOGECOA), who built the 90 Days Legacy swimming pool at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) and Shanghai Construction Group, who are building the Lusaka Stadium.

Kambwili, during a brief interaction with SOGECOA officials when they handed over the swimming pool at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka to be used for the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) Zone Six Games, said his ministry was in a hurry to construct a stadium in Western Province as directed by President Michael Sata.

The minister told the group to submit proposals of the stadium which he said must not be as extravagant like the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola or the Lusaka Stadium under construction.

Kambwili said Government wanted a sizeable stadium in Kaoma which should have supporting facilities for other sports disciplines and must have among others; a running track, netball, basketball and tennis courts and others for use by other sporting disciplines.

"Are you able to give us proposals of a stadium which we want to put up in Western Province because we want works to start immediately and it must be simple and not very expensive?" Kambwili said as he quipped with the Chinese officials.

"The Livingstone Stadium which was earmarked to start in 2013 will have to wait for now as the Kaoma Stadium is of an urgent matter as I was directed by the President to ensure one is set up immediately. And I assure you, when I start a crusade I don't fail," he added.

But Kambwili told the SOGECOA officials that they should be ready to fight it out with Shanghai Construction Group whom Government has equally asked to submit their proposal and budget.

President Sata last month directed Kambwili through Labour Minister, Fackson Shamenda, for the immediate construction of King Lewanika University and a modern stadium in Western Province as a way of honouring his campaign promises to the people of Western Province.

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