Malawi govt promises decent housing

Minister Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Bright Msaka has revealed about Governments commitment to provide Malawians with decent houses, water and good road network.

Msaka told reporters on Monday in Lilongwe that Government is concerned with the increasing number of people living in slums and also the environment around them which leaves a lot to be desired.

Msaka:  Government to provide decent houses

Msaka: Government to provide decent houses

He cited lack of durable houses, access to improved water, sanitation and energy as some of the problem facing slum dwellers which needed government intervention.

“About 66.4 percent of the Malawi population leaves in slum houses, this is unwelcome and to this end government wants to make sure that the situation is improved by constructing good decent houses through various programmes.

“We are hoping that through the Malata and cement subsidy programme many people will have an opportunity and afford to build modern houses and in a long run improve the housing challenges facing the country,” he explained.

 The minister also said government will be reviewing the Malawi Housing Corporation Act which if well scrutinized will give powers to the statutory body to build houses on profit which is not the case presently.

“Apart from malata and cement and the rural growth center programmes, government has started reviewing the MHC Act which prohibits the institution to make profits. MHC has refused to grow because it only makes huge investments yet no profits are being realized. Therefore upon the review of the Act, we will see construction of more houses thereby reducing the housing problem,” he added.

As the world commemorates world habitant day this week Msaka said the Malawi government has put emphasis on making sure that the voice of the slum dwellers is heard through the establishment of a number of platforms.

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14 thoughts on “Malawi govt promises decent housing”

  1. CITIZEN X says:

    YES MHC SHOULD ALSO LOOK INTO BUILDING HIGH RISE APARTMENTS IN OUR CITIES. PLEASE BUILD 10/15 STOREY APARTMENTS IN TOWN TO EASE PEOPLE ON TRAVELLING LONG DISTANCES TO WORK IN TOWN OR PARTNER PRIVATE SECTOR. ANY PRESIDENT CAN BRING GREAT CHANGES TO THE PEOPLE, ITS JUST A QUESTION OF HIS INTELLIGENCE AND WILL POWER. MALAWI NOW NEEDS TO SORT THESE BASIC INFRASTRUCTURES THEN WE CAN MOVE ON TO BIGGER PROBLEMS. FOCUS ON GOOD ROADS WITH STREETLIGHTS, RAILWAYS,WATERWAYS FAST AND CONVENIENT BUY MORE TRAINS AND SHIPS. THEN SORT ELECTRIC AND WATER PROBLEMS. THEN HOUSING PROBLEMS. THESE ARE OUR MAJOR PROBLEMS. ROME WAS NOT BUILT IN ONE NIGHT SO BUT WE STILL WANT TO SEE GRADUAL PROGRESS, EACH YEAR BUILD A CERTAIN NUMBER OF HOUSE, BUY 2 TRAINS, 1 SHIP ETC AND NEXT YEAR DO THE SAME OR BETTER. ISSUE YA MHC TO START MAKING PROFIT IS THE WISEST THING I HAVE HEARD SO FAR, DO IT NOW AND DO IT QUICK.

    1. pierra says:

      i think until our Fire services are up to scratch with modern equipment ably to rescue ppo in such housing compexies we shld stick to probably three storey housing. there is also an issue of building complete with mod cons such as cookers, fridges,low cost heating systems which where left to individuals will raise fire hazard levels as ppo use charcoal stoves!

      similarly rubbish collection system need to be improved as safety aspects; we cannot have babies falling off balconies!

  2. Tukombo says:

    Anthu aku Mudzi kwathu akudikila chitukuko chabwinochi! All the best ! Lets face it every leader Malawi has had; HKB, BM, BwM,JB – onse aspired for decent houses for Malawians! Good that APM has prioritized the same! Onse wa sangakhale openga kufuna kuti anthu azigona nnyumba za bwino!

  3. Sidix says:

    What about the.stolen houses by His Excellency Dr. Peter Muthalika from Lilongwe City Assembly? How can those big houses cost K300? If he stole 2 city assembly houses, what can prevent him stealing money? This time he will steal one of the state houses and hammer vehicles.

  4. Tchelule says:

    Very good plan. Every person deserves a decent house! I like the malata and cement subsidy program concept. APM has continuosly mentioned this program and the community colleges as his pet projects. I can see the political will is there to make this happen. And bravo to the MPs for passing the vote for the decent housing program.

  5. Chilungamo Chimawawa says:

    To hell with this idiotic govt! just promises and nothing happening, rubbish!

  6. zandiwawa says:

    Kwa GOLIYATI ku Thyoro ku khaladi nyumba za bwino kwawo kwa Banana and pine apple Republic.

  7. jangulu says:

    i though the subsidy is for the under priviledged ,self enrichment mindset in this government again.

  8. MAKANANI says:

    ATUMBUKA AKAPUME KWA A FARAO AWA 50 YEARS NO AIRPORT NO STADIUM QUOTA MKATI ???

  9. Promises, promises and more promises, nothing to show for , so sick and tired of this government

  10. truevoter says:

    Mkulu ameneyu ndikumudiziwa bwino zitheka zonse wanenazo inu phee mtima m’malo bwanji kodi a Malawi

  11. Mchinji says:

    Do the same @ luanar, pls vist places accommodating students, pls, pls, anduna

  12. anonymous says:

    Tatopaso ndikusemza madzi tikufuna mipopi by every household mitu yaana anthu yatopa and we want also street rights as far as construction corcern with tarred road to coordinate every house

  13. Barton Chikaya says:

    I would urge the Goverment and MHC to build many (8 – 10 Storeys) flats to easy accomodation problem.

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