Lilongwe: People of Karonga are all smiles following government’s efforts to change face of the district through construction of various infrastructures that will positively impact on lives of people in the district.
Government, through Local Development Fund (LDF) and District Development Fund (DDF) has constructed a Stadium at Karonga Boma, a market at Songwe, Council Rest House and Chifyo Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) all in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Wasambo.
Speaking in an interview, Karonga Stadium Manager, Adam Kaonga and Council Chair, Harry Mwanyembe commended government for the timely projects, saying they would change lives of people in Karonga for the better.
The two said previously, people would travel a long distance to Mzuzu just to watch football but now that the district has its own stadium, soccer lovers are enjoying the game from their own without spending much.
Owning a stadium in a district like this one is something we never thought would happen so soon. It is encouraging to us and all users for we will no longer be spending money on transport expenses to go and watch soccer elsewhere.
As managers of this ground, we will make sure that the stadium is well managed, said Kaonga.
To ensure safety of the stadium, the manager said they are working hand in hand with police, stewards and other people to ensure that the facility is well guarded from vandalism.
Karonga is one of the districts in the country where people love soccer and has produced notable players for the national team such as Kinnah Phiri, Chiukepo Msowoya, Khumbo Ng’ambi and Victor Nyirenda among others.
Commenting on Songwe Market, Karonga Acting Director of Public Works, Robert Phiri, said being a business zone, they thought of giving an opportunity to business operators in the area so that they can easily trade with Tanzanians without travelling a long distance.
He said members of the business community in the district were admiring their counterparts from Tanzania who have good markets and do not vend along the roads as is the case with most vendors in Malawi.
Before the market, people were plying their business along the roads which was endangering their lives. Now they have all been accommodated inside and business transaction is easier and safe, said Phiri.
One of the business persons at the market, Lyness Mulusi said she was excited that they now had a secure place to operate in adding that she would no longer be worried of being hit by cars as it used to be when she was operating along the road before construction of the market.
She, however, expressed need for provision of safe water, toilets and secure gates at the market building so that they can be keeping their goods right there in the market.
We will still ask government to consider giving us safe water, toilets and security gates so that we are able to keep our goods inside the market. We keep our goods outside the market which attracts a little fee every month to those taking care of our goods, she said.
The district has also seen the construction of Chifyo Community Day Secondary School to save boys and girls from walking a long distance to access secondary education away from the area as was the case before construction of the school.
Phiri said all the projects under LDF, DDF and Special Fund are projects which were identified by communities themselves.
He said of the newly constructed stadium that the council collects K7 million from a single football match, part of which is used to pay workers and assist the council to carry out maintenance works of its structures.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA