PF ‘re-aligns’ construction of South stadium to a simple one in Western province.
The ruling PF has now decided to merely suspend and abandon the already approved construction of the Maramba stadium in Livingstone, Southern Province, in order to accommodate the construction of the recently pronounced stadium in Western province.
Early this year during campaigns for Livingstone bye-election President Michael Sata promised to build a stadium and a University in Livingstone that would incorporate courses in tourism and others.
But now in order to appease and cool down an uprising in Barotseland, president Sata directed that a university and a stadium should immediately be built in Kaoma, Western province, some 200 kilometres from the capital Mongu, without fail.
But as the huge pronounced infrastructure projects were not earlier planned and budgeted for government, has now resorted to abandoning the earlier planned developments in other provinces in order to accommodate the new pronouncements and decrees by the president.
Minister of Youth and Sports Mr Chishimba Kambwili yesterday announced that the Livingstone Stadium earmarked for construction in 2013 will have to be put on hold until the Kaoma stadium in Western Province is built as it was more urgent.
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.
Two Chinese firms ANHUI Foreign Economic Construction Group (SOGECOA) and Shanghai Construction Group are already in discussion with the Zambian government, even before tenders are advertised, for construction of a stadium in Kaoma, Western Province.
Mr. Kambwili yesterday told the companies 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.