DPP’s Gowelo dragged to court by Malawi Sun Hotel over unlawful land acquisition

Malawi Sun Hotel and Conference Centre has dragged to court former minister of Local Government and Rural Development Trasizio Thom Gowelo  alongside Blantyre City Council (BCC) over alleged unlawful acquisition of land belonging to another developer in the Blantyre central business district (CBD).

Gowelo: Sued

Gowelo: Sued

Private practice lawyer Lusungu Gondwe, representing Malawi Sun Hotel confirmed that the piece of land under dispute is situated in Blantyre CBD on plot number BC 173 which used to house the popular Moti’s Mini Market shop at the corner of Haile Selassie and Mandala roads.

Malawi Sun Hotel and Conference Centre, previously known as Eclipse Limited, claim lawful possession of the land by Gowelo, who is also Blantyre City West member of Parliament (MP) on Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ticket.

The hotel has also taken to court BCC for allegedly leasing the piece of land to Gowelo while their existing leasehold interest was still in force.  at the time of obtaining the land, Gowelo was the line  minister to whom the council was reporting.

BCC leased the land to Gowelo on February 13 2015 for a period of 66 years at K4.5 million.

An affidavit signed by Muhammed Ahmed, managing director of the hospitality facility, shows that the last valuation of the land conducted by property management and valuation firm Knight Frank on February 1 2015 put the land’s market value in the region of K194 million.

The affidavit further notes that BCC cancelled its lease in respect of the land around July 22 2015, but granted the same to Gowelo on February 13 2015, which was five months earlier.

Malawi Sun Hotel further argues  the transaction was conducted in a manner that was “suspicious, irregular and in bad faith” as  it only learnt about a new lessee around October 2015 after the new developer cleared the land and erected a temporary fence.

President Peter Mutharika dropped Gowelo from his Cabinet, alongside Paul Chibingu, then minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, on August 17 2015.

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5 thoughts on “DPP’s Gowelo dragged to court by Malawi Sun Hotel over unlawful land acquisition”

  1. Best advise says:

    Its clearly said that the old lease was still in force,so why is the council issuing another to Mr Gowelo
    I hope Mr Gowelo is not abusing his own office
    Give the piece of land to Muhammed he can build modern complex than a temporary fence

  2. Mario pei says:

    Well done BCC its high time indigenous Malawians claim a spot in blantyre city.. I will not care the manner in which the property was acquired as long as it does not go to Muhammed.. This guy Muhammed is taking a piss, how much of blantyre does he want? How did he get the piece if land fir Victoria Hotel? Corrupt Asian piece of manure

  3. Banda says:

    Bad deal for everyone especially the people of Blantytre 4.5 million for a property worth 194 million with a lease of 66 years.

    Sounds like a easy get rich scheme on the backs of the rate payers and citizens of Blantyre.

    Those involved from the city should seriously face jail time,
    Or be removed from office,

    Pray that the courts sort this out to the benefit of the people of Blantyre and or enforce the original lease agreement.

  4. Leezo The Nator says:

    BT city sanalakwitse,munthu ngati ali ndi kuthekela asapange zomwe akufuna ndi ndalama zake?

  5. Mapwevupwevu says:

    A Blantyre City munachita bwino. Bola munthu akhalepo ndi mali mtauni. Zonse zidzingokhala za amwenye basi???? Shupitu

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