Mulanje Council Demolishes 'Illegal' Structure
Insanity on access to land, acquisition, development and its management appears to be assuming epidemic proportions in Malawi where traces of the cancer are evident almost everywhere.
Right in front of the district commissioners office in Mulanje, citizens invaded a public park and constructed business stalls expecting no repercussions.
But after a week of defiance of official threat of forceful eviction and demolition of the illegal structures, on Friday, the council cracked the whip bringing down the structures.
Ironically, we understand, one of the structures was meant to house a restaurant for one of the senior officials at the council secretariat.
District Council Chairperson, Councilor Isaac Blazio, told Zodiak Online that the structures were built on the land earmarked for construction of a council office complex.
"At the time Malawians are talking about dubious sales of land, some unpatriotic government officers want to acquire land dubiously as well and build their own structures," observed Blazio.
He said similar action would be taken on any illegal structures in the district as a way of bringing sanity in the manner land ia acquired and put to use.
"I don’t know what action the owner will take when he or she sees that the structure has been demolished," said District Commissioner Michael Chimbalanga.