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Tsholotsho Stadium work resumes

By Sikhumbuzo Moyo

Construction of Tsholotsho Stadium which was suspended in 2015 on the orders of the then Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Professor Jonathan Moyo is set to resume tomorrow.

Minnesota United’s Allianz Field stadium site under construction in St. Paul, Nov. 21, 2017. (Scott Takushi / Pioneer Press)

Moyo stopped the construction which was initiated by locals saying central Government had taken over the construction of the facility because it was a national project.

The Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing then led by Ignatius Chombo took over the project and the little the ministry did was to send a team of technicians and engineers to the site.

Construction work remained suspended and this has prompted Tsholotsho Rural District Council to take over the project.

A committee chaired by Sicelo Dube, a schoolhead, had constructed dressing rooms and toilets when construction work was stopped.

Themba Moyo, the Tsholotsho RDC chief executive officer said council had taken over the project and construction will resume tomorrow.

He said the target was for the stadium to be ready for use by Tsholotsho FC in their Division One campaign this year.

“The initial plan by central Government was to make the stadium a multi-purpose facility similar to an Olympic stadium but funds have not been coming from treasury,” said Moyo.

He said they had since resolved to build the stadium in phases, starting with the football side so that by the time the 2018 season gets underway, the facility will be ready for use.

“If you remember, we were given a quota to slaughter elephants to meet some of the costs for the construction of the stadium with treasury also expected to bail us out but that has not happened. The elephants were shot and those funds are there so construction work resumes this Friday.

“We want the stadium to meet the minimum required standards. The Bulawayo City Council promised to give us the turf and all is in order. New toilets and dressing rooms will be built and a perimeter wall will be constructed so that people pay to watch matches,” said Moyo.

He said about 30 elephants have so far been shot under the initial trophy hunting quota of 60 that was allocated and all proceeds from the hunts were there and people will see construction work resuming tomorrow.

Some villagers had complained of lack of progress in the construction of the stadium alleging that money realised from the trophy hunting had been misappropriated.

They had called on the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission to investigate the case but Moyo said their books were in order.

“We want to assure the community that the stadium will be ready for use this year,” said Moyo. The Chronicle

  • Hope is a world class stadium

  • Why did he stop the construction, because he had used the money for other purposes , other than those it was intended?

  • Was his ministry responsible for that?

  • Y

  • busy abusing state funds,whilst the nation is suffering. These ZANU pf thugs won’t repent. Corruption always. Shit

  • is tht one a stadium or some common community ground, no wonder why prices’re inflated to millions of dollars becoz projects’re given wrong titles!

  • Corruption culture

  • It seems like ap lot of things are being built or contructed where is the money coming from .Cos l think the first thing we should concentrate on is rebulding closed factories so that pple can get jobs and paying off our debts the rest we will do later .

  • Hayi these people kkkkkkk

  • Maybe those billions ,,,totii let them use that recovered money because clearly they won’t give it to us ka kkk

  • Are you being truthful to write that Ministry of Local Government just sent in Engineers and Technicians????Who designed the Stadium?

  • Minister of information z also responsible for the construction of stadiums etc??????? … Iyoh

  • Diwani Wadazo

    Well done Tsholotsho RDC for not stealing the money.

  • Not a priority I think. They MUST start with the rehabilitation of borth urban and rural roads which are in a very deplorable state… to save lives!

  • Tivakireiwo stadium svinhu

  • he wanted to be the godfather of the southern region, so each development outside his involvement was threatening!