ZRP’s Shocking Move: Police Block Harare Mayor Jacob Mafume From Commissioning Rufaro Stadium
In a surprising turn of events, the Zimbabwe Republic Police(ZRP) intervened in the commissioning of Rufaro Stadium, preventing Harare mayor Jacob Mafume from proceeding with the event as planned. The commissioning, which had already faced several rescheduling changes, was abruptly canceled on police orders.
Police Intervention and Evacuation
As eager journalists and council officials gathered at Rufaro Stadium, they were met with the unexpected arrival of the police. The police swiftly put a halt to the proceedings. Amidst an ongoing renovation project, the stadium was deemed unsuitable for the planned event.
Mayor’s Determination Meets Police Orders
Mayor Jacob Mafume expressed disappointment. He acknowledged that he had received orders from the Mbare Police instructing him not to proceed with the commissioning. Despite asserting that the stadium was 95% complete, Mafume complied with the police directive, ensuring that the event did not move forward.
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Government Prioritizes Stadium Renovation
President Emerson Mnangagwa had previously announced the government’s commitment to the renovation of Rufaro Stadium. During a recent Zanu PF campaign rally, Mnangagwa specifically mentioned the stadium’s refurbishment. So as to facilitate the return of Dynamos, a prominent football club, to its home ground, reported newsday.
Lack of Eligible Stadiums in Harare
The closure of the National Sports Stadium for grass rehabilitation and water reticulation left Harare without a suitable topflight league venue. Consequently, Harare’s prominent teams, Dynamos and Caps United, temporarily relocated to Bulawayo. However, Caps United has secured Bata Stadium for an upcoming match, while the Bulawayo venue is already reserved for the weekend.
Concerns Over Stadium Availability
The Chief Executive of the Premier Soccer League (PSL), Ndebele, expressed concern about the limited number of stadiums currently in use. With the existing venues potentially facing overuse, completing the renovations at Rufaro Stadium becomes imperative. So as to ensure the availability of adequate facilities for sporting events.