Lilongwe City ponders multi-storey market facility

The Lilongwe City Council  plans to construct a multi-storey market infrastructure that will accommodate as many as 5,000 vendors at once the deputy Mayor of the City Akwame Bandawe has said.

The dream project: Multi-storey market facility

The dream project: Multi-storey market facility

Deputy Mayor Akwame Bandawe: On study tour in Uganda

Deputy Mayor Akwame Bandawe: On study tour in Uganda

Bandawe is leading a team of the Lilongwe City Council officials to a four day interaction with the authorities of Ugandan Jinja Municipal Council and the Kampala City Council.

The meetings, courtesy of the World Bank is aimed at spearheading improved development plans by Lilongwe by mirroring the success of Uganda in improving its cities.

Mayor Bandawe and his LCC delegation toured the Jinja Central Market that was first constructed in 1932 and was gutted down by fire twice.

The rehabilitation of the market cost the Municipal Council $10million which the African Development Bank (ADB) funded. It serves 10,000 people every day.

The facility has several bank agencies, a pre-school for children whose parents are vending, restaurants and clean sanitation.

“As a delegation are very impressed with the facility for traders here. We need to go on the drawing board and see how we can have a high rise facility like this which will accommodate more people, improve sanitation and secure both the traders and those buying,” said Bandawe.

Lilongwe City Council has of late been struggling to accommodate thousands of vendors in more decent markets due to capacity problems.

There have been persistent running battles between the law enforcers and the vendors as part of clearing the streets.  It is estimated that the Malawi Capital has over 8,000 vendors dealing in merchandise and food sales. Without formal established market enclosures, the council lose out on revenue as the vendors challenge the legality of collecting the same.

Reeling from under collection of city rates due to high rate of default, the council now looks forward to other stakeholders and the private sector players to sanitize the Capital City.

“Our traders need decent places to trade. They need a more dignified location to do their business, it’s not right to see women and children filing up the streets in hot weather and rain in the name of doing business, these are the plans we must quickly get down to and create a massive market that will be a land mark in the Capital City,” said Bandawe.

LCC Chief Executive Officer Richard Hara said the multi storey market facility was in the city’s recently launched development plan which was unveiled to business community and other stakeholders.

“Our directors, senior management team and other stakeholders will soon meet to see that the plan comes to reality. This will help us deal with the street vending problem once and for all,” said Hara.

Last year in July, the Lilongwe Tsoka Flee market which is the biggest in the City was gutted by fire where merchandise worth billions of kwacha went up in flames as security and government officials suspected arson as the cause.

President Peter Mutharika who visited the burnt market suggested that the Capital City needed a high rise market facility that could accommodate more traders, ensure safety and security of users.

The Lilongwe deputy mayor and his delegation have toured Kyanja Agriculture Resource Centre under the Kampala Capital City Authority, a major recycling plant in Kampala where liquid waste is recycled into clean water and used again by the communities.

The Lilongwe City is home to over 1.5 million people according to academic stasticians. About 800,000 people flock into the city every day for work and business.

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32 thoughts on “Lilongwe City ponders multi-storey market facility”

  1. Citizen X says:

    MY QUESTION IS TO THE SO CALLED “CITY PLANNERS” WHO ARE THEY? WHAT ARE THEIR QUALIFICATIONS? AND WHAT ARE THEY PLANNING FOR OUR CITIES? I ASK YOU JOURNALISTS TO GO QUESTION THESE PLANNERS AND LET US KNOW WHAT PLANS ARE THEY WORKING ON. AS RATE PAYERS WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE INFORMED AND TO TAKE PART IN CITY PLANS. WHAT ARE THE SHORT & LONG TERM PLANS. THEY HAVE TO PROVE TO US THAT THEY ARE CAPABLE OF DELIVERING. YES BOTH LILONGWE AND BLANTYRE ARE IN A VERY BAD STATE, ROADS, BUILDINGS, WASTE etc. NOW WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT IS THE MASTER PLAN? IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO DO THIS JOB, THERE’S YOUNG,EDUCATED VIBRATE MINDS WHO CAN DO BETTER JOB. WE WANT NEW BUS TERMINALS, MARKETS “NO VENDORS ON THE STREETS” ADQUET PARKING, LITTER BINS, PUBLIC TOILETS, STREET LIGHTS etc.

  2. Nebraska says:

    Iwe mzanga Mtila Zomba wanena zoona. anthu opalasa fumbi povina vimbuza kapena gule ndi ovuta. Kungoti naye abiti ntila analibe masomphenya bwenzi in two years atamanga kenakake ku Zomba koma hiiiiiii. Mbuzi ndi abakha okhaokha!!!!!!!!!

  3. Funzo says:

    Beware. Multi-storey markets can be death-traps without adequate fire precautions and exits.

  4. Malindima says:

    Good intentions but please, let the be educated about hygiene and sanitation. This senseless behaviour entrenched in 99% of Malawians needs to change. You can build good structures but vandalism is rampant in this nation.

  5. concerned citizen says:

    while on this subject of having good infrastructure, our city councils should also construct modern infrastructure for the travelling public. I mean good bus terminals with enough parking space for buses and mini buses. Good clean sanitation facilities. Look at wenela, its an embarassment (sp) to our country . Alendo achokera kunja can not believe kuti afika in a city. There is alot of space there to expand and build a modern bus terminal. where are our city planners?

  6. brutsha says:

    If this was really a serious study tour, take your eyes closely to the pictures. Do you see anybody like taking notes or some pictures? They all just look like chicken suffering from cocccidiosis with their outstretched necks.

  7. brutsha says:

    That’s what Malawians know best traveling around but when they get back home nothing and I say nothing materializes. This is just one of those tourism trips nothing like benchmarking. Fotseki! Kamtundu konunkha.

  8. James says:

    One needs just to see how they keep their documents in the offices. Kuntaya kwenikweni.

  9. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Kodi a deputy Mayor Bandawe, akupanga head chifukwa chiani? Did he do technical drawing at school? Kodi bwanji chisokonezo anthu andaleno.

    Chabwino panopa, Tsoka flea market should be called Bingu flea market and the mult storey market will be called Bandawe City Market kuti mutchuke ndinu.

    Khansala pa Malawi!

  10. alukosyo says:

    BEAM. ili kuti nyasi mtaunimu

  11. Mwenecho says:

    Congo mafia,Malawians aren’t stupid.You are the one.

  12. Smart area 18 resident says:

    Lilongwe city is one of the dirtiest city in the World..We don’t have bins in Lilongwe.Flies are all over like bees probably trying to make honey.The old town public toilets hv no flushing system.Lilongwe city stinks to hell.The city also seems to have no town planners.Every time u see unappealing structures being built in Lilongwe by foreigners.Malawians knows to talk but are not action oriented people.Chilipo amadziwa Mmalawi ndi Kuba basi.Clean Lilongwe city first.These jinja trips are not adding anything to Malawi.Even area 18 where he comes from is very dirty.Its not the area 18 we had during Kamuzu’s time.Mikute ya nsima is thrown all over without having bins from the City Council?Are some of these things rocket science?

  13. Waste of time. Clean up the old market area. It is filthy. Umve umaposa pamene paja.

  14. CONGO MAFIA says:

    Have a guess what the new market will be named after? Peter Mutharika Market. Because it was initiated under Peter rule. U can imagine how stupid malawians are

  15. John says:

    AS FOR ME, I NEED A GOOD STATE OF THE ART TARMAC ROAD FROM LUMBADZI TO BUNDA T/OFF. THIS MUST BE A THREE WAY TRAFFICK ON ONE SIDE. AM SURE LILONGWE WOULD TRANSFORM INSTANTLY AND INVESTORS CAN ALSO BE ATTRACTED.

    THIS WOULD COST LESS THAN K5 BILLION ONLY BUT THE FRUITS WILL BE THERE FOR ALL TO SEE AND ENJOY.

    DREAM IN COLOUR. ZUMA AZICHITA KUTINENA KUTI TILIBE MISEU. LOOK AT THE M1 ROAD AT KANENGO, VERY PATHETIC. WAKE UP!!!

  16. Nane Ndiyakhuleko says:

    Sanitation first. The City can’t even clean up the garbage forever filling up skips in devil street near falls and police houses. Mtaya at Bunda Turn-off is now almost pverflowing into the M1 road. My street in Area 47 has turned into a river. My question is, are the toilets in the Lilongwe city dream market going to be clean when even the rich Lebanesse of City Mall can’t keep theirs clean? Start fixing some of the problems we have now pang’ono pang’ono then we will believe that your dream is achievable. Coz honestly you are broke.

  17. nanzikambe says:

    Good development. We need PPP….Private Public Partnership. Kudos LL City Mayor and your team. Those talking nonsense, get a life.

  18. where is the money says:

    planners are trained outside the coiuntry in developed countries but they cant even plan for their city??? Shame.. you dont need to go Uganda with town planers in your offices otherwise whats their job as town planners… they can t plan Nothing!

    Look at city transport… no city buses which were there before. In other countries, city council are responsible for providing such services. not necessarily at a point.. its like a social service but people still pay.. come on Malawi

  19. Hakimu Banda says:

    These people should not fool us they have pocketed allowances for global trotting living the Lilongwe city stinking, garbages are everywhere priorities upside down. The CEO is a man without vision.

  20. This is very good development,shame to those writing negative comments

  21. ujeni says:

    Malawi government officials travel everyday for the past 50 years, all over Europe, Asia, America but they come home and sit pwhii. Malawians generally are not civilised, and there is need to start civic education on civilisation otherwise we act like apes everyday. Pitala Mutharika and Kaliati were recently in the Big Apple New York were they stayed n some world most expensive hotels, they came back home and didn’t implement anything that will uplift Malawians standard of living.

  22. GRM says:

    We never learn. How many government official have ever traveled outside the country to South Africa, Kenya and recently to Ethiopia? We like travelling, get the allowances and fill our stomachs. I mean why do we allow this chaos at the markets and on the roads? You mean APM who is currently in Addis cannot see how they are demolishing old buildings to replace them with sky crappers? I have been in Addis myself but the last time i was there i got lost. Good that they have good and cheap internet and mobile connections. Even a local villager browses

  23. yuona says:

    Iwe ukunyoza Achewawe ndiwe mbuzi komanso chitsiri cha zitsiru (Nyapapi). Did Bingu built the roads with his personal money? Ngati simudziwa mmene boma limaenera kuti liziendera muzingokhala chete. Imbwa iwe eti!!!!!! Shupiti!

  24. pierra says:

    I urge to trade carefully on such dreams. First of all, a market is totally different to usual [grocery style] shopping mall traders. The fire hazard and hygiene require different approaches and maintenance challenges. Goods traffic and customer parking space provision are an entirely different can of worms. The biggest being access and/or exit in event of incidents.

    Cleanliness will pose a problem if infrastructure is to serve a dual purpose, i.e as shopping mall. Shoppers enjoying a big mac meal or kfc do not want to smell fish, beef, etc. The same goes for traders of luxury goods in non-market business.

    A better system would be a split two building style with a multi-storey section for shopping mall style and inter-connecting single floor complex or indeed multi-floor where ground floor is left to parking and off-load bay. This way shoppers can access both sections prior to picking up their cars and driving away home.

  25. Tondetonde says:

    Good news koma zisangothera kulankhula we want action. Also move the Chinese to build a Chinese town achoke mma location mu komanso ku bwalolanjobvu. Amange shopping mall then tjw locals can be orsweing from there.

  26. CONGO MAFIA says:

    After 50 years of independence you have just woken up with this idea after misusing fund from city all these years. Let’s hope you will materialise this gigantic project . My first question is that: do we really need a multistorey market in an under-develped country as Malawi? The second question is: where are you going to built it? Please dont built it at the same place the old market is located. Find a better and spacious place which can accomodate thousand cars of parlking space. No minibus should go near. The bus stop should be at 1 km to avoid congestion and traffic jam. I don’t have to give you these tips. Just use your expertise and commun sense to avoid daily life mistakes accounted in our cities.

  27. CHARLES KAFERAWANTHU says:

    Such dreams should be properly nursed and implemented brave thats the thinking. Malawi is not growing small. Central Government should give full support to this project and up date the stateholders please please.

    ESCOM, Water Boards should emulate this Malawi is not growing small 50 years down the self rule we should consider what it best suits Malawi to serve its citizens for the next 50 to 100 years to come.

    We are always thinking that we are not ready, when shall we be ready. when shall we be weaned from self defeat

    Lilongwe can get water from Lake Malawi, Escom can have other sources of energy other than hydro let alone have hydro power generated from other rivers and another barrage on Zalewa own the law to man the catchment of the rivers they use.

    CEO are called to duty to serve and not prestige only that the greatest slave gets the best price.

  28. mtila zomba says:

    Achewa alibe ulemu awa sayamika.Bingu built Nkhoma road, Ntchisi road,Dowa road,BICC,Manda a kamudzu,Presidential villas,Stadium,5 star hotel,Dedza market and stadium in only 7yrs in the central region alone.kamudzu ruled for 30 yrs and did nothing. better construct this market ku south

  29. chidzukulu cha mpangawanthu. says:

    Ma plan abwino ndi ameneo koma where will that facility be located as all the land in the city is sold to Asians? But that is a good development

  30. Zosautsa says:

    This is good development. But do we really need to make a study tour for a market? Please let us learn to think on our own on some of these simple things.

  31. Kadakwiza says:

    Now you are talking. Its good news to hear. Malawi need development.

  32. Thyolo man says:

    Bwana Wankulu ulemu wanu landirani. Gwirani ntchito Bwana. Zabwino zonse

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