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Mozambique’s President Nyusi visited the Ministry of Youth and Sports yesterday.
“Why sleeping on the job? You do not manage things well.” That was how the president expressed his indignation yesterday at the sharp decline of the Zimpeto Olympic Swimming Pool.
On his arrival at this recently built African Games facility, President Nyusi was faced with a very serious water seepage problems in the area leading to the main pool. A few steps forward and a new dilemma: the bathrooms have no water and the toilets are covered over with cardboard. In the machinery room, the head of state, led by Celso Mabjaia, engineer and manager of the Sports Promotion Fund, could not get into two rooms.
The manager explained that they couldn’t find the keys, something not to the liking of Filipe Nyusi. “These locked rooms are just what interest me,” Nyusi said. In one room he could get, into, there was no light, and water was running across the floor. there was indignation at the degradation of the facility, hurriedly constructed to accommodate the X African Games in Maputo in 2011.
In the heated pool, the water did not look good – it had not been treated for some time. “We have faced water supply problems. We have been getting water from boreholes in Intaka,” the manager explained. “Isn’t there a tanker that can bring water?” the president asked. Without blinking, Mabjaia replied: “No, Excellency, because of the costs.”
Seconds later, the president approached Jossias, one of the workers assigned to the competition pool. “Is this pump good? How much water is provided for how long? Who knows how this pool works?” he asked. Confidently Jossiah replied: “Our pumps work when there is water. If there is water, they do not stop.” Faced with this response, Nyusi asked the managers: “I was saying that every 15 days water is needed. So this pool is not sustainable?”
Returning to the machinery area and the two now unlocked rooms, President Nyusi was faced yet again with no lighting and problems with leaks.
The Zimpeto competition pool is 50 × 25 meters and has 10 lanes and a maximum depth of two meters. The training pool is 50 × 20 meters and 1.5 meters deep with eight lanes. The twp pools have joint capacity for 1,500 spectators.
President Nyusi also visited the Sports Promotion Fund, the National Sports Institute and several other parts of the Zimpeto National Stadium.
After a meeting with the Youth Associative Movement, the president shared his indignation at the state of the olympic pool. Nyusi wanted to know if the workers in these Ministry of Youth and Sports facilities really knew what their role was and whether they performed them well.
The president also questioned the managers of the complex about the renting out of one of the leisure spaces in the Olympic Pool area whose tenant disappeared with the keys almost a year ago, and said that the state of the facility did not make sense when people had been appointed to manage it.Source: O País
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