Thyolo Stadium Budget Goes Up

Cost implications triggered by the recent devaluation of the Kwacha and fuel hike have forced authorities in Thyolo to extend deadline of a 20, 000-seater Thyolo stadium.

Thyolo District Commissioner Douglas Moffat told Zodiak Online on Wednesday that the revision will accommodate the implications which have compelled them to adjust the current funding from K3 billion to about K5 billion subject to Public Procurement and Disposal Authority (PPDA)'s approval.

"You are aware that last month there was general revision of cost of fuel and devaluation, that also has implications on the cost of the project.

"Based on that, we were advised by the building department, the managers of the project to rescind the letter that we wrote to accommodate those elements and changes that were unforeseen, but now are apparent. Thereafter, we will also write the PPDA for no objection," he said.

Moffat hopes once completed, the stadium will increase the council’s revenue base, improve sports and business in the district.

Meanwhile, Thyolo District Football Association Chairperson Charles Mankhwala, says they are not happy with the progress of the stadium.

"We are not actually satisfied with the progress of the construction of the stadium, in fact it has taken a good number of years. This has affected standard of sports disciplines in the district. It has gone down. So they need to fund and speed up the process of completing the project," Mankhwala said.

The sports facility which commenced in 2018 and was due for completion in 2020 will be the most expensive district stadium to date with projects in Mangochi, Kasungu, Mulanje and Karonga costing around K400 million.

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