Mixed reactions over plans to demolish Kamuzu stadium

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People in the country have expressed mixed reactions on the plan by the Malawi government to demolish the old Kamuzu Stadium.

The government says it has a plan to completely demolish the stadium and start constructing a new one on the same spot.

However, this has not impressed some political, social and soccer commentators who are arguing that the plan will take long and can also cost the government much money.

Other people says there is no need to completely demolish the stadium saying the government needs just to maintain the same stadium claiming the project will also be a source of corruption.

By estimates, if the government start the project of building the new stadium, it means it should have money not less than MK800 million.

Commenting on a post published on Malawi24’s Facebook page, people have reacted differently on the matter.

There was a debate on the post as a good number of people said the stadium needs really to be demolished and the government needs to construct a new stadium on the same spot.

Innocent Joe Njula said “Agumule kumene tym ikadzakwana adzamaliza,osamakakamira kwambiri zithu za make dzana zinthu zinasitha kwa anzathu!!!!!!”

Kamuzu Stadium

Kamuzu Stadium up for demolition.

“Palibepo kufunsa manganiza apo chichokepo.inu mayi wanga amachita kukakhala pa chi stand chovuta chija nditeam yao ija nde mukadikire kufunsa maganixo kaye? Boma la nzeru likanati kuyambira pano talitseka kaye ngati palibe dollar, kenako kudzagotumiza bomba mkugwetsa pabwele Lina,” said Luke Chapuli who commented on the post.

Another half of the comments on the post has seen Malawians urging the government not to construct a new stadium saying it could be fine if the money could be used for other important developments other than constructing a stadium.

Billy Bj Shaba said: “I think to my side it’s better for the government to focus on people’s daily needs, miseu ndi mbola, zipatala zikufunika mankhwala and renovation; panopa kuli njala or unless akufuna wina akatamukepo kaye zilipo zinthu zoti we can live without them please prioritise anthu first anthu akugona ndi njala.”

Concurrently, Norman Niwini added that: “Why don’t you take these millions to the orphans, Churches, poor people, hospitals….am telling u, for that this government will have blessings from the Lord.”

People have also given the government some pieces of advice on what should do on the issue.

Gibys Gilbert Lilanga said “Kwa ine ndikuona kuti akambilane ndi boma la China zokhuza stadium yi, kuti atikongoze ndalama ndipo ma dongosolo onse akamangidwe kake kakhale m’manja mwawo…nchito yi kuti igwilidwe ndi a Malawi palibe cha nzeru chomwe chingachitike.”

“They should only do that if it’s gonna be better than Bingu Stadium, but if it’s something of low standard, Blantyre deserves better.”

Out of the first 220 comments, 105 comments liked the plan to demolish the stadium while 98 comments opposed with different reasons and the remaining 17 comments, saw people giving the government a set of advice on the issue and not forgetting a good number which blamed the publication for asking people’s views.

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102 Comments

  1. Malo aja ndi abwino pali ngati pa centre,ithink before everthing they have to sit down,all pple who are involved in this big project to avoid wrong desition

  2. To responsible and citzens of Malawi read this: please preserve all historical infrastructures whether built during colonialism or kamuzuism era. Look for another place to cinstruct the other stadium. Demolishing these infrastructures is the same as dealing out with the subject of history in malawi. Even the pyramids in Egypt are still standing…plenty if space in Blantyre look samewhere not demolishing this historical feature.

    • Do people of Egypt go and dwell in those pyramids? Yes we can keep it for unforeseeable future but what u need to bear in mind is that the structure is deteorating (spelling) and and it may one day cost us the lives of people. Why would we keep something that won’t be used for its designated purpose for history sake? and that would be dangerous to be used. I think it’s a good idea to demolish it and build a new and better one

  3. Taphwasulani thandalali amange China cholozeka,omwe mukuti asaphwasulenu mukuona ngati samanganso?kuti apange maintain ndikuti amange cha new one chabwino ndi chani?Always basi positive comments!!!

  4. Renovate this stadium. Period, it is a historical landmark for BT city and Malawi, We have structures as old as 200 years old all over the world do they demolish them? It is like telling the Egyptians to erase the pyramids and Sphinx. What history do u need for Malawi?

  5. its only in political sense that it should not be demolished.Because we think it will erase the Kamuzu name.The location of that stadium,deserve a modern one to add the beauty of Blantyre.Kunena kuti a China sangamange stadium yolimba ngati imene ija ai,chabwino ndi ufulu wathu ,koma wopanda nawo udindo.Nthawi zina ndimawona kuti sitimasiyanitsa timatsogoza chizondi mmalo motukula dziko.Vuto sitiganiza zamtsogolo.Andalewa tiyeni tidziwa tiwakoka akamatibera koma akamachita chitukukuko tidziwalimbikitsa.Sadzatengera kwawo zimenezi.One day ,we shall co host AFCON with Zambia.

  6. its only in political sense that it should not be demolished.Because we think it will erase the Kamuzu name.The location of that stadium,deserve a modern one to add the beauty of Blantyre.Kunena kuti a China sangamange stadium yolimba ngati imene ija ai,chabwino ndi ufulu wathu ,koma wopanda nawo udindo.Nthawi zina ndimawona kuti sitimasiyanitsa timatsogoza chizondi mmalo motukula dziko.Vuto sitiganiza zamtsogolo.Andalewa tiyeni tidziwa tiwakoka akamatibera koma akamachita chitukukuko tidziwalimbikitsa.Sadzatengera kwawo zimenezi.One day ,we shall co host AFCON with Zambia.

  7. I agree with the plan,just demolish and construct the new and then construct another one in the northern region so that we can also hosting big events like AFCON,COSAFA and many more.Yes we can spend alot but at the end we will earn more than what we spent

  8. How would they build a new stadium while people are sleeping on empty stomachs? Just renovate it and allocate the rest of the funds to alleviating hunger that has affected almost the entire country.

  9. Atsogoleti anthu alibe masomphenya ndithu. PaNkhata,~bay,
    PaSalima,
    PaMangochi ndi Ekwendeni.
    Amenewa ndimalo abwinonso okopa alendo ngakhale old stizen.

  10. Leave kamuzu stadium alone zanu za machinazo ife ai kuteleku mukufuna kuti pomanga inayo chaponda apisemoso any attempt to demolish stadium its war will fight back

  11. Maboma a masiku ano may end up demolishing the stadium and fail to construct a new one rrsulting into selling the space to mwenyes to construct their shops

  12. Gvrnmnt have to build new studium somewhere around Blantyre,no need to demolish it,,if it is modern world do the modern something,,leave it as a historic something someone did in the past,,,malo ndiambiri mu Blantyremu

  13. Some countries have got national monuments, for future generations.
    And it can be a source of revenue, ( tourism ).
    Some tourists like visiting monumental sites.

  14. Must be demolished!! Its old otherwise it shall kill innocent people!! I remember those days!! It was shaking when all stands up!!
    And the location wise!! Nice place!! Fit for a new design!!
    The new stadium shall remain KAMUDZU STADIUM;

  15. The government is doing good for the proposal of building a new and better stadium than the current one. And also must be bigger and better than Bingu stadium of Lilongwe

  16. Ine ndikuti ayi musagwetse nthawi inja mumatenga Bingu stadium mumati mukamanga kuti isiyeni imeneyi kamangeni ina kuMzuzu osakhalaso Ku Blantyre ayi nawoso anthu akumeneku akufuna chitukuko dziko lamalawi kodi anthu ali kumwera kokha

  17. kkkkkkk koma athu inu musandisekese mwanva wayambisa plan imeneyi ndindani inu aboma mukufunaso mupezere njira inaso yobera ndalama , Mwaba ndalama za chimanga apaso mukufunaso mutipusise ife za stadium zo zisiye ndalamazo mukagule makhala mukaike zipatala

  18. let us have two stadium the old and new one if their would like to build one let be.the stadium is stronger it will be there 4ever and its history just need maintenance

  19. The world is moving forward guys so there is no need for this stadium anymore. Please demolish it and build one with international standard if there is enough money for that

    • Akulu ndinu opusa kwambiri ndipo phunzirani ulemu apa palibe chifukwa chondipangira ine galu. Inu ngati muli ndi opinion yanu, kungolemba kuti anthu ayione basi koma osati zopusa mwapanga apazi. Mwandibhowa kwambiri ndipo musadzapangenso kwa anthu ena. Mukati history mukufuna mutanthauze kuti malata anaikidwa pa stadium imeneyi ndamene analipo pachiyambi cha stadium imeneyi? Kuchenjera kwanuko kukanakhala bwino mutamakutulutsa pobweretsa maganizo anu osati kupanga attack anthu omwe angolemba maganizo awo ayi. Mnyamata ooneka bwino ngati inu munayenera kukhalanso waulemu

    • Nawe Robert Mwachumu pali nkhani yotukwanira apa? maganizo ako owolawo osapanga nawe post bwanji? I agree with you brother agumule amange ina, ndipo si Stadium yokhayo zima building zonyasa zili mtawuni zija zigumulidwenso amange zina we want ou

    • Nawe Robert Mwachumu pali nkhani yotukwanira apa? maganizo ako owolawo osapanga nawe post bwanji? I agree with you brother agumule amange ina, ndipo si Stadium yokhayo zima building zonyasa zili mtawuni zija zigumulidwenso amange zina we want ou

  20. I think they should renovate kamuzu stadium, then search for another site in blantyre and build the other stadium, maybe one day we may host AFCON if we may have more stadiums who knows in malawi!!

  21. What is so mixed reactions about that slum stadium which has no place,even to the museum……..DEMOLISH IT!!!!!! and pave way for the construction of the modern sports facility

    • How much is it going to cost to demolish? Then think materials , workman,transport. In other countries they us what they have. It s matter of having good planners. They can keep the size but make it modern to accommodate other sports like netball, cricket,rugby etc. Thats why Malawi will remain a laughing stork to the world.

    • There is nothing modern that slum stadium can accommodate both externally and on the pitch……it’s water logged when raining ….they will laugh at us more if we try to modernize it in its current structure……it’s like putting the old man on the workout program with the hope to make him young again……..it’s impossible

    • There is nothing modern that slum stadium can both externally and on the pitch……it’s water logged when raining ….they will laugh at us more if we try to modernize it in its current structure……it’s like putting the old man on the workout program with the hope to make him young again……..it’s impossible

    • There is nothing modern that slum stadium can both externally and on the pitch……it’s water logged when raining ….they will laugh at us more if we try to modernize it in its current structure……it’s like putting the old man on the workout program with the hope to make him young again……..it’s impossible

    • There is nothing modern that slum stadium can both externally and on the pitch……it’s water logged when raining ….they will laugh at us more if we try to modernize it in its current structure……it’s like putting the old man on the workout program with the hope to make him young again……..it’s impossible

    • There is nothing modern that slum stadium can both externally and on the pitch……it’s water logged when raining ….they will laugh at us more if we try to modernize it in its current structure……it’s like putting the old man on the workout program with the hope to make him young again……..it’s impossible

    • There is nothing modern that slum stadium can both externally and on the pitch……it’s water logged when raining ….they will laugh at us more if we try to modernize it in its current structure……it’s like putting the old man on the workout program with the hope to make him young again……..it’s impossible

  22. Chigwesedwe ichi chizapha athu ma Stands amachita ku njenjemera ….yakhala ikukonzedwa kangapo #Chigwe_chigwe tiwone za new new

  23. Too me the city plan engineers they must look somewhere else to built a new stadium. The current Kamuzu stadium must be renovated then we have 2 nice stadium. Don’t forget that soccer is not the only recreation (sport). They is cricket, net ball, hockey even its time we try rugby as well. Do destroy the legacy but modify it for our kids. Unless u have plans to abuse state funds