ORIENTAL Quarries Boxing Promotions (OQBP) has described the meeting with Sports minister Vincent Mwale over Government’s pledge to honour World Boxing Council (WBC) bantamweight gold champion Catherine Phiri with a house as progressive.
OQBP operations manager Christopher Malunga said in an interview that he had a successful meeting with the minister and the acting chief executive director of National Housing Authority (NHA) Wacha Ndhlovu over the issue of Catherine’s house.
“I had a meeting with the minister this morning (yesterday) concerning Government’s pledge to give Catherine a house. The meeting was successful and I can confirm that everything is on course. I will announce the full details in due course,” Malunga said.
He said he was happy to learn that Government will expedite the process to ensure Catherine has a house.
“This meeting gives me hope that our champion will feel honoured. She has been waiting for Government to honour their word,” he said.
On Thursday, at a briefing Malunga complained over Government’s delay to build a house for Catherine as promised.
“It has taken long and it is demoralising Catherine. The process was rather frustrating but we are still hoping something can be done,” he said. Catherine became the first African female boxer to win the WBC bantamweight gold title after beating Yazmin Rivas of Mexico earlier this year.
She is scheduled to defend her title against South African Gibisele Tshabalala at Government Complex in Lusaka on August 27.