BY: Vincent Gunde
CHIMWENDO MP FOR NATIONAL STADIUMS
Dowa East parliamentarian, Richard Chimwendo Banda, has asked fellow parliamentarians to reject the K6.1 Billion allocated for the construction of two stadiums in Blantyre, one for Nyasa Big Bullets and the other for Be Forward Wanderers.
Speaking in the National Assembly in Lilongwe on Thursday, Chimwendo ,who is also MCPs National Director of Youth argues that Bullets and Wanderers are private entities which cannot be accorded the priority in the budget looking at the conditions of the country’s hospitals which are dry, running without medicines..
He said Malawians would love to have the two national stadiums, one in Mzuzu and the other in Blantyre saying these will serve all other than to the benefit of the two teams and their supporters only.
Bullets and Wanderers supporters of Blantyre have been threatening the HRDC leadership with calls for demonstrations and vigils at Timothy Mtambo’s house in Lilongwe to force him withdrawal his statement of asking Parliament not to support the Bill of the two stadiums.
The two teams claims that building stadiums for them would help meeting and serving all players to live successful lives taking football as a full time career and they will be playing at their home ground thereby reducing expenditures travelling to and fro Balaka and Mulanje for matches.
President Peter Mutharika during the campaign trail promised Bullets and Wanderers supporters two stadiums for them having noted that they have majority of supporters in the country as compared to the other teams.
The HRDC has on several occasion been pleading with Bullets and Wanderers supporters not to wage war against it but Malawians arguing that Parliament only allocate resources to government departments and sectors and not private entities ..
The HRDC has been asking President Mutharika to live up to his campaign promises dipping in his pockets money for the two stadiums other than using the state resources which are tax payers money from different people including those who do not love football as their favourite sport.