BLANTYRE(MaraviPost)—Balaka District Council is still waiting the money for maintenance of its stadium which was damaged during the December 28’s aborted TNM Super league championship decider between Silver Strikers and Mighty Wanderers.
The stadium owners demanded the Super league of Malawi (Sulom) to meet cost of repairing the stadium’s fence which fans damaged in a stampede that left Wanderers’ fan Lemiyasi Josita dead.
But despite receiving K1.9 million from Silver as penalty for causing the violence, the Super League of Malawi has not honoured the payment.
Speaking to the Weekend Nation newspaper, Sulom treasurer Tiya Somba attributed the delay to honour the payment to what he called bloated quotation from the council which put the amount of damage to K6 million.
“When we got the quotation that the destruction of the perimeter fence was at K6 million, we decided to send an independent assessor who put the value at K300, 000. It is not like we’re not willing to pay.
“We communicated the same to the council and were waiting for a new quotation,” said Banda as quoted by the paper.
While admitting that the first figure was bloated, Balaka District Council finance director Suwedi Paison said they submitted another quotation which Sulom promised to pay.
“It is true that the first quotation was bloated as the assessor included facilities which were not damaged. But we did another assessment with Sulom officials and the amount came to K1.6 million, and Sulom promised to pay, but up to now they haven’t ,” he said.
Balaka Stadium was damaged last year December 28 when Silver and Wanderers were playing the last game of the 2013/2014 TNM Super League season.