October 26, 2021

Dowa Community Ground Relocate to New Site – Move Faces Community Resistance

Plans are at an advanced stage to shift Dowa community centre ground to a new site as plot owner came to inspect his land with plans to start his construction project on the property. Reports circulating are alleging that this premises where all along have been a community ground is earmarked for construction of a filling station, a development which has raised anger among sports lovers.

The reports are indicating that a new site has already been identified at ADMARC ground within the bomathat while the council will be constructing the new stadium there, and that all sports activities

will be taking place at Nanthomba Community Day Secondary School ground in the district.

In 2015, Dowa community centre ground was one of the priority projects to benefit from the District Development Fund [DDF] which Parliament allocated for the construction of a brick wall fence project surrounding it and after seeing that the project was not taking its shape, football lovers mobilized themselves collecting dried maize stalks erecting round the stadium in anger. However, sports lovers have set a condition that first the council should construct the stadium at the new site identified and thereafter they should move and without that, they are saying a big ‘’NO’’ to any development activity to take place at the current Dowa community centre ground.

Councilor George Wailesi Mkuzi: there is great resistance from the community…

Dowa District Council’s Education service committee chairperson, Councilor George Wailesi Mkuzi told a full council meeting that the process of shifting the ground to a new site is not an easy task saying there is great resistance from the community. Mkuzi recommended the need for involvement of various stakeholders such as MPs

, councilors and chiefs to resolve the issue of shifting the community ground to a new site.. Mkuzi, who is Chakhaza South Ward Councilor, said despite the ban of sports due to Covid-19 pandemic in the district, the district’s Sports department bought sports equipment [18 Javelin spears, 10 netballs and a pair of football nets], trained 224 sports coaches in different fields like Athletics, Judo and Netball. He said after the Ministry of Sports lifted the ban on community sports, the Sports department has sent one boy to Under-17 National team from Mponela, participated in Divisional Athletics competition where 9 Athletes from the district qualified for National competition and Divisional Netball where 4 Under-17 and Under-20 players were selected to go for National Team trials.
…’’The district has potential players who can fly the national flag high at international competitions but lacks exposure,’’….said Mkuzi.

According to the recommendations made by the Education service committee at its meeting held on 8th September, 2021, the council should consider constructing a standard sports facility saying this will enhance the development of sports in the district. The committee also recommended to the council the need for information sharing between the Secretariat and Members of Parliament [MPs] on sports tournaments organized at constituency level.

By Vincent Gunde

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