By CHILA NAMAIKO –
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has directed the Central Province administration to explore ways of refurnishing the dilapidated Kabwe’s Wynter Muleya Stadium to a more attractive standard.
Provincial Minister Sydney Mushanga said President Lungu had time and again been reminding him on the need to give a face-lift to the sports facility which was in appalling state.
The stadium is located in Bwacha Constituency where Mushanga is Member of Parliament.
Mushanga said yesterday said that the President attached great importance to the wellbeing of the sporting facility and want to see total refurbishment of the facility.
“President Lungu always asks me about the state of this stadium because he attaches great importance to it, and we have been directed to work on modalities of refurnishing this stadium which is significant in boosting sporting activities,” Mushanga said.
The stadium, he said was currently in a poor state and the President’s desire was seeing the facility modernised to the standard level of Vodafone Stadium in Lusaka’s Woodlands area.
Mushanga said it was for this reason the provincial administration was doing its best to ensure the facility was worked on to have a variety of shops and other modern facilities like Vodafone Stadium.
He said Kabwe was a ‘rich’ town which had produced talented footballers with the likes of Emmanuel Mayuka among others but most of them were usually demoralised owing to poor or lack of sporting facility.
He was happy that a few weeks ago a director from Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing visited Kabwe to inspect the current status of the stadium and find ways of resuscitating it.
He assured the people of Bwacha and Kabwe at large that the provincial administration remained committed to providing better and modernised sporting infrastructure in line with President Lungu’s desire.