Mmegi Online :: Probe into National Stadium mess begins
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Tuesday 26 March 2019, 17:49 pm.
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Probe into National Stadium mess begins

* Investigation to last eight weeks
* Focus on the disputed pitch
By Staff Writer Tue 26 Mar 2019, 21:14 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Probe into National Stadium mess begins








In the latest chapter of a comedy of errors, the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology has tasked a local company, AJ Consult to carry out an audit on the controversial National Stadium renovation project.  The stadium will be handed over to AJ Consult today as investigations into what led to delays in the pitch handover commence.

The Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology principal public relations officer, Christopher Nyanga, told Mmegi Sport yesterday that AJ Consult is on a fact-finding mission. "They are investigating what led to the current situation.  They will scrutinise the design and the actual construction work of the pitch.  They will then make recommendations going forward. "Our position (as government) is that the pitch is not in a condition to be handed over for use, but the consultant insists it is.  We have informed the consultant of our decision to engage AJ Consult," Nyanga said.

He stated that AJ Consult tendered to carry out the audit.  The government has not disclosed how much it has paid AJ Consult and whether it would not have been cost effective to hand over the case to the

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Attorney General for legal advice.

There has been a tug-of-war between the government and the project consultant over the state of the pitch.  The government at one time  refused to accept the completed stadium because it felt the pitch was done poorly.

The government threatened to take the consultant to court only to beat a retreat after the consultant called the bluff.

The consultant insists everything was done in consultation with the client and therefore it cannot be blamed for the hold-up, which has left the nation seething.  The closure of the facility for over three years has affected the soccer fraternity because it is a huge revenue earner unlike the smaller venues that are used in the alternative.

Nyanga said after the completion of AJ Consult's probe, the government intends to forge ahead with any process that will ensure the completion of the stadium. 

"In the event of a legal battle, it will not stop the going ahead of the work that needs to be done. One of the options we have is to go ahead and finish the stadium, even if there is a legal battle," Nyanga explained.

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