Youth and Sports Minister Vincent Mwale says Government will claim compensation for the fire hoses which were stolen at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka immediately an investigation report is compiled by the Zambia Police.
Mwale said the insurance company needed to come in to compensate the loss, as the stadium was insured.
“Where something is insured, definitely the insurance company needs to come in. However this can only be done when an investigation report is done,” he said
The minister said the matter was reported to the police and depending on how the investigations will come out, claims will be made from the insurance company.
Mwale further explained that security at the stadium has been intensified to ensure safety of the property.
However, Government owes an insurance firm K500, 000 in unpaid premiums
Last week thieves ransacked the stadium and stole about 20 fire hoses of which two have since been recovered.
Meanwhile Government is to permanently employ about 1,700 people towards the maintenance of sports facilities in Zambia, says deputy sports minister Ronald Chitotela.
Chitotela said facilities like the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka needed to be maintained and prevented from vandalism for the development of sports.
He said that it was very expensive to maintain stadiums but that a small number of people would be employed to look after the structures, especially the surroundings.
“We are hoping that come January we’ll be able to put up a full team under our ministry for the same purpose. Right now we have applied to employ 1, 700 workers to look after all sports facilities, even at district level,” said Chitotela.
He further said that Cabinet has already approved that number of people to be employed by next January after sourcing funds from the treasury funds.
“For instance, ee can’t erect that beautiful piece of structure, the National Heroes stadium, and then fail to manage it,
“I want to assure Zambians that we are in charge and we are taking care of it. We want to make sure that standards are maintained,” he said.
The deputy minister has also revealed that the remaining land at the National Heroes stadium will not be left idling by because the ministry planned to put up a shopping mall, and a five-star hotel for athletics as well as visitors.
He further explained that storage compartments inside the stadium will soon be advertised for rented shops.