Lilongwe city council has shocked the country’s sporting fraternity by turning the Lilongwe community centre ground which has been sidelined for years into a fish selling markert. The council is trying to reduce overcrowding in different places within the town.
The council has made the announcement which has seen fish selling vendors demarcating the ground into fish selling benches to accommodate them in selling their product.
The council’s communication officer Tamara Chafunya has confirmed of the council coming up with the decision as one of the preventive measures of the deadly corona virus pandemic.
“We have asked all fish selling vendors to sell their commodity at Lilongwe community center ground. We have made this decision to reduce overcrowding in different places within the town as we are trying to prevent the spread of the deadly corona virus pandemic,” she said.
Chafunya also said once the pandemic is over the fish vendors will be asked to relocate back to their normal selling point for the ground to start accommodating sport activities.
Commenting on the development, one of the well known sports personnel Peter Vote said the council is at fault for making the decision which will greatly have a negative impact on football as well as on different sports in the district and in the country at large.
“Lilongwe community center ground has history on it’s own as big teams such as Wanderers and Bata used to play there as well as the ground hosted Central Region Football Association league games. What the council has done is killing the sport as it will be difficult to remove the vendors from the place even when the pandemic is over,” he said.
The council’s decision has raised a lot of questions as to whether the ministry of sports, Malawi national council of sports and the football association of Malawi (FAM) were consulted before making the decision.