161 buildings earmarked for demolition in Blantyre: Malawi’s ‘red star’ campaign

The Blantyre City Assembly (BCC), through the Red Star Campaign, has earmarked 161 buildings for demolition in central business districts of Limbe and Blantyre.

Mutharika visiting building in the commercial town of Limbe, in Blantyre City

Mutharika visiting building in the commercial town of Limbe, in Blantyre City

This follows a verification exercise the taskforce for the Red Star Campaign carried out between June 29 and July 10 this year in the said areas.

Addressing a news conference on Wednesday, Deputy Mayor of Blantyre Wild Ndipo, who is also the chair for the Main Committee on Urban Renewal (Red Star Campain) in the city, said the taskforce assessed all the buildings in the main streets of both Limbe and Blantyre and recommended for the demolition of some of the buildings.

The task force, which was also mandated to come up with clear terms of reference for the execution of the project, is being chaired by Architect Steve Musopole of the Polytechnic, constituent college of the University of Malawi and his deputy is Engineer Dr Ignatious Ngoma of the Malawi Institute of Engineers.

“The Taskforce assessed 191 properties in Limbe and out of this 87 were recommended for demolition representing a whopping 46%. Blantyre has 189 properties and 74 were found wanting and have to be demolished, representing 39%.

“You will note that these figures are alarming and it only underscores the point that most of the properties in our Cities leaves a lot to be desired. We cannot afford to give a blind eye to such statistics but take action to make our cities look good,” said Ndipo.

The verification exercise, according to him, involved literally walking from building to building to assess and get other relevant information from the tenants and owners of the buildings.

The Deputy Mayor also said as way of sending strong signals to all business operators,  the Council will red-star the earmarked buildings from October 19 and that owners will be notified by close of business Friday, October 9.

“Letters will be dispatched immediately after this meeting to owners of the premises advising them of the course of action that they need to undertake and they are asked to respond in writing by October 30, 2015 advising the Council on how they intend to carry out this exercise.

“The Taskforce will be back on the ground from 19 – 24 October 2015 to supervise the painting of all buildings earmarked for demolition with a red star so as to send strong signals to all business operators and or users of the importance of this exercise,” he explained.

He further said the taskforce will also meet to come up with clear demolition guidelines so as to cause less inconvenience for the neighbouring properties and business operators around the earmarked buildings.

“It is expected that new building plans for the properties to be demolished shall start flooding our offices in January 2016 and that the demolition exercise shall start by March 1, 2016 after the expiry of 6 months period.

“You will realize that there is still a lot of work to be done but we are more than determined especially with the strong foundation that we have laid and it gives us hope for the success of this project,” said Ndipo.

The Red Star Campaign was initially revived by President Peter Mutharika following his whistle stop tour of the two CBDs of Limbe and Blantyre in February this year.

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30 thoughts on “161 buildings earmarked for demolition in Blantyre: Malawi’s ‘red star’ campaign”

  1. polofesa says:

    LİLONGWE CİTY, CAN YOU BORROW A LEAF FROM ANZANU OCHANGAMUKA İN BTs. umve basi……

  2. Nabiyeni says:

    Komatu amwenye ena ngati SGW amapangitsa rent ma shop opanda madzi ndi ma toilets K100,000 per month. Is this fair? A City and Cama please assist we need conducive environment for businesses in Malawi. Its high time these Indians treat Malawians with respect. Chonde malo opanda ma toilets zoona a building of about 25 shops? Very unfair.

  3. Mbuya says:

    We want ve red stars now now wat r u waitin for ve public shld see them to avoid raising questions just get red paint and a brush simple as dat dont just make noise

  4. Prison Warden says:

    replace these many tiny shacks with a few beautiful buildings. Enafe we are willing to build nice properties in those places

  5. Edward says:

    Muyembekezele tax collection to go down if this exercise is carried out and more poverty for it may lead into unemployment. Crime rate might go up as well.

  6. Trevor Manyi says:

    Mathanyula osatulutsa 577 billion bwanji?

  7. che msumbo in rsa says:

    That big head of mathanyula iz full of matope mix with mamina

  8. KIKIKIKIKIKKKK….NO.1…nkhani yalembedwa apa mwayibva bwino bwino!….those buildings do they belong to goverment?……….

  9. Ineyo says:

    It’s been a long time coming but we waited….Long live the dream of the visionary and legendary father and founder of the Malawi nation, the Great Ngwazi Dr H Kamuzu Banda!

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  11. Bwande says:

    This is the way to go

  12. Munthu says:

    @ Truck Cities have standards and if a building is not meeting standards it has to be renovated or brought down. Lets buildings are left to still be operational and one day God forbid we have another kips incident where the building comes down because its old, killing and injuring innocent people. So when making your critics think 5 steps ahead. That’s why other countires in Africa have better buildings while we have ruins in our country. This country is small we need to utilise the limited space we have, lets put up modern structures to beautify our warm heart of Africa.

  13. chisoso says:

    big up peter we need our town to look beautiful or pakhomo poti ndiposauka akamakhara nyumba yabwino umphawi suwonekera.

  14. Achimidzimidzi says:

    It is not deliberate to have the buildings in bad shape. Business is shrinking.

  15. learnedmi says:

    STOP COMMENTING ON ARTICLES YOU HAVEN’T UNDERSTOOD. GOVERNMENT WILL NOT CONSTRUCT THE BUILDINGS BUT THE OWNERS

  16. Kamuzu started this project being a leader with vision and wisdom. After 1994 everything was forgotten including vision 20 – 20. Today the campaign has resurrected from his grave after looting government coffers. Will Malawi develop when we stop to implement project like these? If we were to continue where Ngwazi stopped, sure Malawi would have been some where. Look at Mozambique for example. The small town of Tete in 1996 had burned building with burned tanks all over the town. Today it has an airport, five star hotels and restaurant despite having a history of 16 year war. Their currency is 1- 3 to SA Rand. I feel very much ashamed to call myself a Malawian.

  17. Hendrix says:

    Yes this is cool go ahead and do it beutify My Malalawi by giving her another look Zimenezo sizigwirizanq ndikugula mankhwara ndi kulipira antchito Amwene china chilichonse chimakhara ndi budget yake ngat ku ministry of Health adya ndarama zogulirila mankhwara Zisakhuze mbali zina Tiye nazoni A Dpp thats coming isalute that make Malawi a better place fo averyone to leave congra!!!!!!!!!

  18. Arch Angel says:

    @ 1, its not in simple terms becoz u didnt understand the story. The owners of the building are responsible to build new ones, unless its a government property.

  19. drakes says:

    Truck, you dont understand what is happening and you are displaying your luck of appreciation. The issue of medicine has nothing to do with local government issues . Buying medicine and issues of Health are done by Ministry of Health. It’s not good to criticise for the sake of it . I recommend the City of Blantyre officials for coming up with this, many buildings in Blantyre have to go and for transparency’s sake they need to publish the names of owners of the properties in question are the owners here? If not they have to be taken away and sold.

  20. redeemed says:

    It isn’t government’s responsibility to erect commercial buildings. There are a lot of businesses whose amongst their list of objective is expansion but are deterred by the lack of proper locations simply because these substandard buildings have occupied the spaces that has a great potential of growing there businesses. This move is really commendable as we need to improve our living standard. We can not have a town with a the same look from 1950s. If the owners of these buildings can not afford to improve them then they must sale out.

  21. benjnes says:

    most owners of these building are so called well wishers of the ruling government, and I dont think are interested in the development of the town or country. Why do I get a strong feeling that all this never be done as corruption is at its peak and the so called business is the gang of corrupt people who do not care. I know some people will not agree with me but if at all they were interested they would have not given a chance to the council to chase them. They are only interested in enriching themselves and have siphoned alot of blood money from poor mother Malawi.

  22. nkhedu says:

    Zi ma mayor za ku Lilongwe zangoti phwii kungokhala koma akati kovina gule ndiye kukhala patsogolo.

  23. Chemjambe says:

    A Truck, City Assembly simagula mankhwala mzipatala, kodi a Malawi tinakhala bwanji ? asiyeni a BCA agwire ntchito yawo yomwe anapatsidwa. Mwayenera ndinu aku Lilongwe inu what a pathetic place to be called capital city.

  24. net says:

    Awasamutse amwenye ngati samanga model houses. Look at LImbe town, so pathetic and yet they have a lot of monies sending to their homes. We dont want these indians to rule us here.

  25. mbimbi says:

    Cheers
    I love BCC. Looks like they know what to do and they just move on. Applied to a bigger scale, that is how Malawi can develop.
    Serious minded leaders…

  26. KWANJANA BERTHA says:

    THESE SUB STANDARD AND OLD BUILDINGS IN OUR CITIES ARE A MESS
    NOT ONLY IN BT AND LIMBE
    BUT ALSO IN OTHER CITIES LIKE ZOMBA LILONGWE MZUZU AND THE LIKE

    HOPE THIS RED STAR CAMPAIGN WILL BE DONE IN OTHER CITIES AS WELL

  27. john wa chilungamo says:

    I feel the old buildings should be left alone as a way of preserving our history. Why don’t we identify an area for further development to open up the towns. The traffic jams should tell us that we are squeezing the towns. In the UK, they developed small towns around London to ease the pressure London was experiencing. London has very old historic buildings

  28. captain says:

    I support the exercise, its long over due ,Bingu threatened these Indians in lilongwe and immediately they started constructing nice ones ,so Blantyre mainly limbe is very bad , lets hv a city, mesa amwenye mumati ndalama ndi wanu? Manganitu nanga

  29. NYONYO says:

    number 1 note that they are not govt. building anamangayo agumula further more a country do not come to a stand still becoz of one problem …mweneeee mavuto samatha nde zoti nkhani makhwala makhwala nde even budget ya education siikhalapo wake up

  30. Truck says:

    THE GOVERNMENT DONT HAVE MONEY SO WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE MONEY TO CONSTRUCT NEW BUILDING INSTEAD OF TAKING THAT MONEY FOR DEMOLISHING THE BUILDINGS AND BUY MEDICINE WHICH ARE SHORT IN HOSPITAL OR PAY GOVERNMENT WORKERS THATS WRONG MOVE AT THE MOMENT

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