Lilongwe City Council (LCC) plans to rehabilitate the dilapidated Lilongwe Community Centre from January to May this year, the council’s public relations officer Tamara Chafunya has said.
Chafunya told Malawi News Agency (Mana) the council has considered the community centre to enable residents in the city to have a better place to conduct their activities such as sport tournaments and music shows.
“As of now, the centre has been closed so that the works commence without any disturbances. We have taken advantage of the rainy season to plant the grass on the [football] ground and around the fence,” explained Chafunya.
The centre’s warden Henry Sakala has welcomed the development, saying it has been close to 10 years since it was last maintained.
He thanked the council for considering to rehabilitate the centre, among other structures it looks after.
Sakala said users of the facility, who are residents of Lilongwe, will be happy to see the centre receive a facelift.
“The rehabilitation project is long overdue and now that it is going to happen everyone is delighted with the development,” he said.
Sakala observed that when the rehabilitation works are over, the centre will have the capacity to host Super League and international games once in a while.
“At first we used to have Super League games played right here and some of the teams used it as their home ground, but now they all pulled out, thus losing out on revenue,” he said.
The official said they are hoping that some of the challenges they face will be minimised when the rehabilitation works end, adding that revenue will also increase to K300 000 (about $882) from the K200 000 (about $588) per month.
The council is rehabilitating the ground, the hall, the perimeter wall and the toilets, among others.—Malawi News Agency