Ex-Kitwe Mayor Cosmas Bwalya has written Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili urging government to take urgent remedial measures aimed at saving the dilapidated Kitwe Playing Fields (KPF) from total destruction.
KPF, once a beautiful sports complex, houses Garden Park Stadium which as two football pitches, a rugby field, a tennis court and a gym.
In a letter dated 27 August,2012, Bwalya bemoaned the current poor state of KPF describing it as a sorry sight.
“I wish to draw your attention to KPF in Kitwe which as been neglected for a long time and has been vandalised.The part of the boundary wall has collapsed and people from Kamitondo Township are now walking through the football and rugby fields to go to Parklands and a foot path has formed,” the letter read.
“It is saddening to see such assets being neglected and going to waste in such a manner and in a country that is striving so much to put its name on the world map of sports in various disciplines.” Bwalya stated.
He also appealed to Kitwe Mayor Chileshe Bweupe and area Member of Parliament Luxon Kazabu to ensure that KPF is revamped.
“As you are no doubt aware, the infrastructure at KPF has been extensively damaged and vandalised. I am appealing to Kitwe Mayor Chileshe Bweupe and the area MP to take urgent remedial section to save the complex from total destruction and also caution and draw the attention of the general and public to safeguard such sporting facilities for the benefit of their children and future generations,” Bwalya added.
While the rugby field was recently revived at KPF, the tennis court is non functional and club houses are not inhabitable.