The State House has disassociated itself from the cancellation of the Cross over night which was to be hosted by Prophet Shepherd Bushiri saying it is best handled by managers of the Bingu Stadium.
Speaking during the last edition of the weekly brief, State House Press Secretary Brian Banda stressed that President Lazarus Chakwera does not manage the facility hence pushed the matter to the stadium managers
“President Chakwera doesn’t manage the stadium; he is not going to interfere in the operations of the stadium. He wants the civil service to operate professionally.
The state house doesn’t manage the stadium,” he stated. Initially, the fugitive Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) Founder was given a go ahead to host the December 31 event and there was excitement from South Africans to patronize the event.
But in a dramatic twist of events, the stadium management on 11th December changed tune following what it described as further consultations with relevant stakeholders after observations the
facility may not be able to host it.
The Crossover night “Despite communication that the number to attend be reduced, the event is most likely to attract people beyond even the normal capacity of the stadium.
This will contravene the Covid-19 preventive measures. “The stadium will be undergoing maintenance in preparation for CAF inspection which will happen in early January, 2021 wrote the Acting Stadium Manager Ambilike Mwaungulu.
The letter further argued that at the time of CAF inspection, management may not have enough time to restore the stadium to its normal status due to anticipated damages and losses to be repaired or recovered as observed from past experiences.
Coincidentally, this follows South Africa’s filing of an extradition notice to the Malawi government for the Bushiris.