By Draxon Maloya
HRDC Stand on Stadium Construction Ignites Hot Debate
The stand taken by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) to block the Mutharika’s proposed stadium construction program for the Blantyre based football outfits, Nyasa Big Bullets and Beforward Wanderers has ignited hot social media platform debates.
On Wednesday last week President Peter Mutharika met officials from the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and representatives of Mighty Beforward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets Football Club.
During the meeting Mutharika assured the clubs of his total commitment to the promise he made during the election campaign period of build stadiums for the Blantyre city football heavy weights.
But commenting on the issue, the HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo questioned the rationale behind the construction of stadia for the two private owned clubs and said they will lobby parliament against allocating funds to the project which is an abuse of public resources.
The HRDC leader cited a number of challenges currently rocking the country mainly the rural masses and described Mutharika’s ambition as unjustifiable.
“People are dying in our hospitals and expectant women have to walk very long distances to find a health centre, so how can the president think of constructing stadiums for the private owned football clubs using public purse?,” Mtambo queried.
However, Mambo’s statement has ignited hot debates on social media platforms mainly among the keen football followers; some says Mtambo should leave the stadium issue alone while some are in support of what the HRDC leader has said.
And commenting through the Facebook page, Bullets FC, news, scores and live updates Malawi one Frank Wimpy Majawa said the president should go ahead and construct the stadia for the two teams because everyone can be a direct beneficiary of public funds.
“If I may ask where the money used to fund teams like Blue Eagles, Red Lions, Silver Strikers, Civil Sporting and Moyale Barracks come, is it not from the same government purse? So the construction of these two stadiums will also help some tax payers who don’t benefit directly from the public coffers,” he said.
But another contributor only identified as Jimmy Lee argued that this is one of the situations where Mutharika would only like to score political marks using the two clubs and buy sympathy.
During the campaign period, in his whistle stop tours Mutharika could not disclose the source of funds from which the construction project of the Bullets and Wanderers Stadiums shall come from.