GOVERNMENT has awarded a Chinese construction company, Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Company (AFECC), a contract to rehabilitate Independence and Maramba Stadiums in Lusaka and Livingstone respectively.

AFECC will construct the ultra modern stadium in Ndola.

Minister of Sport, Youth and Child Development Kenneth Chipungu, announced the development during the official welcome of the eight AFECC engineers at Taj Pamodzi Hotel in Lusaka yesterday.

Chipungu said his ministry had embarked on a vigorous campaign to construct and rehabilitate sports infrastructure in the country, hence the awarding of the contracts to the Chinese company.

He said government awarded AFECC the contract to rehabilitate the two stadiums because it is competent, efficient and its costings are also reasonable.

“We have made progress in this regard and the National Procurement Authority has given us authority to single source Anhui International Construction company for the rehabilitation of both the Lusaka Independence Stadium and the Maramba Stadium in Livingstone,” Chipungu said.

The minister said the Ministry of Works and Supply would supervise the rehabilitation of the two stadiums.

On the Ndola Stadium, Chipungu said the dream to have an ultra modern stadium in Zambia was unfolding well.
He said AFECC was a reputable company with a track record of excellence in construction of ultra modern stadiums and sports complexes in Africa and world over.

“As such I have no doubt that the Ndola stadium will be a masterpiece of modern architecture that will enhance Ndola City’s beauty and host various local and international sports events,” Chipungu said.

He said once completed, the three stadiums would attract foreign teams that would qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa to come and set their training bases in Zambia.

Chipungu said government would ensure it meets its obligations as indicated in the contract.

He said there was need to have sports stadiums that conform to international standards especially in Livingstone, the tourist capital and Lusaka, the capital city adding that the three projects should finish before 2010.

And AFECC vice president Hua Cheng Long said his company was credited for doing quality works world over.

Hua said the construction of the Ndola stadium would offer his company an opportunity to work in Zambia for the first time.

He said he satisfied with the cooperation his company was getting from the Zambian government.

“We will try our level best to ensure the projects finish in time. We have been to Independence Stadium several times and we will be making a trip to Livingstone to assess Maramba Stadium,” Hua said.

[Zambia Daily Mail]

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30 COMMENTS

  1. I would like to know the details of the procurement routes they used to award all three contracts to one company. And what happens if the same company goes bust? We remaining sitting with three massive unfished ugly structures?

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  2. #3…kawalala! Thats a non- starter pa Zed! expect three unfinished ugly looking structures after a few years!

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  3. REHABILITATE???? PLEASE, DEMOLISH THOSE STADIA AND ERECT NEW ONES. MONEY FOR BASHES IS ALWAYS THERE. BUT, MONEY FOR USEFUL PROJECTS THAT CREATE JOBS IN THE PROCESS AND MAKE, IS ALMOST NOT THERE. THIEVES!

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  4. GUYS THERE IS NOTHING LIKE AWARDING. CHINESE ARE THE ISREALITES (CHOSEN) OF ZAMBIA. HOWEVER, CHINA CAN DO A GOOD JOB IF THEY WERE GIVEN TO DO A JOB IN SAY, BOTSWANA WHERE THEY HIGH STANDARDS WOULD BE DEMANDED, OR IF IT WERE IN THEIR COUNTRY. JUST LOOK AT THE BIRD’S NEST, AND YOU WOULD KNOW WHAT AM TALKING ABOUT. THE BEST OLYMPIC STADIUM DESIGN SO FAR IN THE WORLD. BUT IN ZAMBIA THEY KNOW-POLITICIANS ARE INTERESTED IN QUANTITY ONLY N NOT QUALITY.

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  5. People please, why do you have so much faith in these chinese people, why do we have togo so far when we can get contracters from SA just around the corner that do a brillint job. Those fima stadia are old, thats why fiponena, get new ones mwe bantu, invest in some infrustracture…Fima ministers tafyenda??, is the only place they ve visited china ? What they dont understand is china reserves the best products for itself and sends cheap and useless labour and raw materials to africa…

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  6. we been hearing abt this song 4 they last 10 years now,first from chilumanda,nalumambe and now chipungu,its even boring to read abt it.

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  7. an ultra modern stadium to be completed by 2010 is unbelieavble. 2009 the construction work has not commenced. BOZA YA PAKISA PA ZED.

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  8. Have you guys seen the stadium in Harare? Kaunda choose the New Party headquarters. Mugabe said stadium. Have you guys seen the Chinese built stadium in Dar es-Salaam? Viva government, Chinese are cheap and fast, I live in Namibia and I know what I am talking about. Zambian and South African companies are too expensive. I just want nice stadiums.

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  9. They give with one hand and take with the other. Aren’t these being built/renovated with a loan/grant (whatever they call it) from the Chinese Government? And why should they renovate a ramshackle stadium like the Independence!? It should be demolished and replaced with a new one.

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  10. Construction work for their Ambassador’s residence at the junction of Leopards Hill rd and Mwatusanga rd in Kabulonga took more than 36 months what more a 40000 seater staduim. we should also remember that Chinese use more labor intensive techniques in most of their works. But i give them A+ in large Construction work .

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  11. If Over 8Billion kwacha could be missused by the Civil Servants last year,why cant we spare K150Billion for the stadia?.Zambia has alot of cash,its only that the money is in few-greedy chaps who are stealing from us.Wake up Zambia!

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  12. Nihua. Here comes the Chinese agian . They can not get their asses out of Zambia from the time Kaunda brought them to build the TAZARA! Let us wait and see. It is true the SA boer companies and indeed a majority of the Zambian construction companies do price them selves out of business. Not long ago the BOQ for the independence stadium was beyond the cost of building wembley stadium. Probably DAG will come to be built.

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  13. Chinese can be good or bad depending on a client.Look @ their “birds nest” thats so so brilliant…again look @ Lsk-Chirundu road……its our government thats bad

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  14. It’s April 2009 and their aiming to have these stadia ready for use by june/july next year…the report says they’re going to asses maramba so construction/rehabilitation is not anytime soon..God help us…Can we honestly believe they’ll do a proper job in such a short space of time? we don’t need infrastructure that like the chirundu road will need fixing only after a year or two…The projects will be good for jobs though

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  15. What? Only time will tell whether the chinese are worth their promises or just after our money and access to our economy, whether it be for dumping goods or importing our raw materials for cheap. Its a win-win situation for the chinese. I hope our Government is smart enough not to be at the losing end of these deals. We need great negotiators involved in these deals.

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  16. These chinese have built excellent sporting facilities for themselves.Lets hope they will do a good job for us.However,if they are not monitored they do shoddy work.Sata once said they give with left and get back with the right.CHINA- MAN NIOCHENJELA NAYE

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  17. I THANK THIS CHIPUNGU IS A DALL PERSON HOW CAN HE SAY TEAMS WHICH WILL QUALIFY FOR THE WORLD CUP CAN USE THIS STADIA, YOU HAVE NOT EVEN STARTED ONE SHAME ON YOU,HEY DO THIS MINISIKET KNOW WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT?OR HE IS JUST SAYING THEM BECOZ HE HAS SEEN THE SO CALLED CHINESE?TRULY SPEAKING ATHER STADIA IN SA THEY ARE STILL UNDERWAY NOW,HOW CAME THESE WHICH YOU ARE STILL ON THE PAPER.CHIPUNGU SHOLD KNOW THAT HE IS TELLING PEOPLE WHO ARE EDUCATED NOT POLITICIANS ONLY POLITICIANS CAN BELIVE IN WHAT HE IS BLAFING ABOUT.

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  18. These chinese people have been doing a bad job allover. Most of the people employed on these contracts are chinese prisoners. They cut corners to avoid costs. How can a governement have an association with criminals. I bet there is a kickback in this. African uneducated corruption. I tell you we have our own engineers who can do the job. If we do not have all then we can get collaboration from our zimbabwean and south african engineers. There are lots of enginneers in Zimbabwe, SA, Namibia who can do a better and credible job for half the cost. Chinese culture have no respect for Africans, There are racist and think they are far much superior than Africans. They wouldnt do a good job for what they call mindless africans. Lets do things for our selves and not waste money on these chinkees

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  19. Further to my concern. I would like to say look at the stadia that they have built across africa. If you look at the national stadi in Zimbabwe. it was built by the chinese and started cracking ten years later. It has been in disuse for more than ten years now. But Zimbabwe got their independence in 1980 and built the stadia in 1990. Please African leaders be careful and get guarantees from the chinese govt that they will repair and insure the lives of Africans should such a stadia fail. Leaders should be careful not ignorant.

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  20. ati to be finished before 2010 ……….. dreamers :-D. i dont think a real staduim can be finished in one year.

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  21. It is good that the government has considered the rehabilitation of our sports infrastructure. The only problem are the Chinese. I am sure very few Zambians will be employed by them. Even wheelbarrow pushers will be imported from China!

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  22. This stadium issue is not a good idea….Zengineers at UNZA can handle it give this contract to a Zambian engineering firm . Ask the Chineese to build more complicated projects like roads and a railway system in the shanty compounds and rural areas. Chilenje will be a good start. This is like a homeless person asking for a mercedes benz when they do not own a house. What is the use of having a lovely stadium surrounded by unemployed people, bad roads. Infrastructure helps Zambia open businesses in different areas . Try the Zambian engineers they can plan and build the stadiums. Zambian engineers are very intelligent people ….

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  23. this is now end November,2009.how far have the stadiums reached?SA,the host of the world cup started buiding stadiums long time ago and they are struggling to meet the deadline and here is the minister talking about less than a year period..
    #1 did u think before making your comment?what do you consider illegal about the deal???

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