The connection of the sewer line and electricity are some of the key factors delaying the opening of the magnificent Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.
In a response to a questionnaire, Ministry of Sports and Culture spokesperson, Christopher Mbukwa confirmed the development on Wednesday.
“After the completion of the construction of the stadium, there is supposed to be permanent connection of supplies such as water, electricity, sewage line and telecommunication,” Mbukwa explained.
“As regards to electricity connection, there is need for a high-voltage connection to allow use of power to the whole stadium at once.
“The electricity that is there is only used to supply power to section by section not the whole stadium at once. This also applies to the sewer line.”
However, Mbukwa explained that procurement of the services is at an advanced stage.
“Procurement of these services is at an advanced stage and will be connected soon. These services are supplied by government bodies such as Lilongwe City Council and Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom). The procurement process is being done by the Ministry (client), Buildings Department, Office of Director of Public Procurement (ODPP) and Treasury,” he said.
The Chinese government-funded stadium has a total of 800 toilets.
Mbukwa also insisted the stadium is ready to host matches upon completion of high voltage electricity and sewer line connection but said the official opening date authorisation will be sought from the authorities.
It is not clear if the stadium would host Flames match against Guinea on the weekend of March 26, this year.
If electricity and sewer lines will not be connected in time, the match will be played at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Bingu National Stadium is an Olympic- designed facility and it has components such as a synthetic athletics track, natural grass football pitch, CCTV, VIP lounge, shopping and exhibition rooms, press galleries, treatment rooms, and car park