Construction work on the Ferwafa hotel resumes | New times
Construction work on the stalled Ferwafa Hotel project resumed this weekend, Sport schedules learned reliably.
The hotel, which is under construction in the premises formerly occupied by the national police adjacent to the Ferwafa headquarters in Remera, has been under construction since 2015 but work was suspended halfway due to financial constraints in 2018 .
The project is one of the priorities that Olivier Nizeyimana is committed to taking immediately after taking office as the new boss of Ferwafa at the end of June.
At the time, Nizeyimana’s deputy, Marcel Habyarimana, told reporters that construction work on the hotel would resume just a week after the new executive committee took office. They were however delayed until the Chinese contractor, China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC Rwanda Ltd), agreed to start construction activities on Saturday August 21.
This publication understands that the Chinese company has resumed construction work after signing a Frw 2.6 billion contract with Ferwafa.
Without giving further details, the general secretary of Ferwafa, François-Régis Uwayezu, confirmed to Sport schedules Sunday that the hotel project had resumed.
“Yes, activities officially resumed on Saturday. More details will be shared in due course, ”Uwayezu said.
Senior Ferwafa officials, led by Nizeyimana, were on the ground to witness the resumption of construction as the federation lobbied for the completion of the hotel’s first phase – a 40-room wing. 48 more rooms will be built over the next three phases.
To support the project, the world football organization Fifa pledged a 65% contribution to the 4-star hotel of 3.85 billion Rwandan francs, while the Moroccan federation had committed $ 2.25 million.
Once completed, the hotel will primarily host residential camps for national teams, and will also have rental offices for various federations that do not yet have their own premises.
The Ferwafa Hotel is part of the FIFA Goal Project development program to help developing countries put in place infrastructure and facilities to stimulate the growth of football.
The project posed problems for the ex-president of Ferwafa, Vincent de Gaulle Nzamwita, and its general secretary, Olivier Mulindahabi who, together with the consultant Eng. Adolphe Muhirwa, was accused of irregularities in the award of the tender for the construction of the hotel.
While Nzamwita was cleared of all charges, Mulindahabi and Muhirwa each received six months in prison for mismanagement of the project.