BT City waits court ruling on Red Star campaign

The Blantyre City Council (BCC) is waiting for the determination of the High Court on the injunction 54 property owners had obtained restraining the council from enforcing demolition of earmarked buildings under the much-touted Red Star Campaign.

Kasunda:We are waiting for court

Kasunda:We are waiting for court

The Abdul Qadir Enterprises building in Limbe, Blantyre.

The Abdul Qadir Enterprises building in Limbe, Blantyre.

BCC last year set 31st March, 2016 as a deadline for owners of earmarked buildings to either start demolishing or renovating their property. About  161 buildings have been earmarked for demolition in central business districts of Limbe and Blantyre.

BCC Public Relations Manager, Anthony Kasunda told Nyasa Times the council is currently waiting for the court’s determination on the issue.

“We are on course with the campaign. The court case is at judgment level. We are waiting for a date when the court will deliver its determination,” explained Kasunda.

“As far as the Court case is concerned, the Council made its submissions and we await judgment”.

Kasunda said, despite the court order, the Red Star Campaign committee was cooperating fully with developers that presented their plans of action, and are interested in seeing the city refurbished
to modern and international standards.

“You may wish to recall that only 54 developers are part of the court order. Otherwise, some have demolished while others are presenting plans of actions. We are grateful to them because
they would want to be part of the transformation of Blantyre City”.

It has been revealed that BCC will not extend the deadline as it continues to work within the
framework drawn at the beginning of the campaign.

“There is progress on the ground. I do not think people expect 162 plus buildings to be demolished at the same time. The implementation will be staggered to make sure economic activities are
not disturbed in the City and also we don’t create a war zone situation,” added Kasunda.

He said the staggering of the campaign would come about based on that not all buildings that have been earmarked for demolition pose danger to the lives of users as others are a result of being aesthetically poor to be in the city.

“The council will decide which ones will go first. The Council would also want not to stifle business operations in the city as such systematic staggering has to be adopted to make sure there
activity in each and every street, but also how close the affected buildings are. The council is of the opinion that it can only be practical to work on buildings that are neighboring each other so that
construction is also taking shape at the same time”.

President Peter Mutharika in February last year inaugurated the Red Star Campaign that would see some buildings in Blantyre City being pulled down completely and others being renovated in a bid to make the city beautiful and meet international standards.

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3 thoughts on “BT City waits court ruling on Red Star campaign”

  1. MNZWANYA says:

    @Chemwa Indians are not the issue,it is your corrupt govt… They pay to the top to get away with it. You think these buildings will be demolished.. Carrey on dreaming kkkkk

  2. common sense says:

    We have some educated pipo in the bcc. Only if they thought using tgeir brains rather than their arses.
    Idi amin and ugandans had a brain in their head. The black malawian cannot live without the indian. Because the malawian thinks using his balls

  3. chemwa says:

    A MA COURT, CHONDE TINTHANDIZENI. THESE BUILDINGS WERE MARKED FOR DEMOLITION DURING THE TIME OF KAMUZU. THESE INDIANS IF THEY WERE SERIOUS THEY SHOULD HAVE MAINTAINED THEM BY NOW. ALL THEY WANT IS TO BUY TIME. HAS IT EVER OCCURED TO YOU IF YOU WOULD BE ALLOWED TO DO THE SAME IF YOU HAD A PLOT IN INDIA?

    SOMETIMES, I FEEL LIKE OUR COURTS ENCOURAGE LAWLESSNESS. PLEASE LIFT THE INJUNCTIONS AND LET BCC START DEMOLISHING THESE USELESS BUILDING.

    MUTENGANE MA JUDGES NOSE MUYENDERE LIMBE MUKAZIONERE NOKHA. THERE IS NO WAY WE CAN BE ENCOURAGING THAT.

    ITS ONLY HERE IN MALAWI. IDI AMIN WAS NOT STUPID AFTER ALL. ANAYAMBA WAONA.

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