They are not a priority - Mlusu
Nyasa Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers fans will have to wait a little while longer before their dream to have stadia for the two giant football outfits materialises.
Finance Minister Felix Mlusu dropped the bombshell in Parliament on Tuesday during Committee of Supply in response to a query from Nkhatabay Central legislator Simon Vuwa-Kaunda who wondered why there was no indication of funds towards the projects in the budget document.
Mlusu skirted around the issue but Kaunda would not have any of it and pressed on to get an answer from the Minister and with a straight face he acknowledged that Treasury has not made any provision in the proposed 2020-2021 budget.
He explained that owing to the thin resource envelope, the stadium project is one of the ventures under review.
“We must start with the most urgent projects; I must stress that we have not abandoned them but we’ll keep reviewing them,” disclosed the Finance Minister.
Chipping in on the development Sports Minister Ulemu Msungama informed the house that there are some gray areas that need to be looked into as the project was done in a rush.
“They’re other areas we need to work on. The project is not a priority; but we’ll still look into it,” said Msungama.
Commentators questioned the rationale of the controversial stadium project as they wondered why government should focus its energies and resources towards privately owned teams.
In what was viewed as a political move to hoodwink people to vote for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), President Peter Mutharika announced the stadia venture during a campaign rally and crowned it all with a groundbreaking ceremony for the stadiums.