Change of government hangs Bullets, Wanderers stadium dreams

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The future of Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers football clubs to have stadiums of their own hang in a balance after a change in government on the June 23rd presidential elections which has seen Dr Lazarous Chakwela elected as President of the Republic of Malawi.

Former President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leadership promised to construct stadiums for the two Blantyre based clubs and Parliament already approved K1.6 billion for the constitution of the stadiums.

According to the former chairperson of the Parliament budget and finance committee honourable Sosten Gwengwe, the new government is likely to draft it’s own budget to meet the promises it made to Malawians during campaign time and that it might abolish some of the things which were stated in the budget made by the previous government.

“A national budget is put in place to help the government fulfil the promises it made to Malawians and in this case where the government has changed, it is likely that the budget which was presented by the late government led by Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika will be put aside and the new government will draft its own budget. For that reason, some of the things which might not be considered a priority to the new government might not be included in the new budget,” said Gwengwe.

Last month, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika launched the commencement of the construction of the stadiums for Bullets and Wanderers which gave hope to the two clubs that the long-awaited dream will come true.

Commenting on the matter, football analyst Higgaer Mkandawire said, “We ask the new government to consider constructing stadiums for these two clubs as it’s one way of developing sports in the country. These clubs contribute a lot to the performance on the Malawi national football team and this gesture should not only be done to these clubs in the southern region but they should also consider assisting clubs in other regions.”

The previous government also allocated K400 million to the presidential initiative on sports with K200 million allocated to football.

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