Malawi Housing Corp tenants want govt to surrender houses

Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) tenants have asked the government to honour long dwelling tenants by giving them the  houses for free.

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This was said at a meeting on Thursday minister of Lands and Housing Atupele Muluzi held with them in Blantyre.

Representative of the tenants Mervin Kaumphawi said there was need for the government to consider those who had stayed in the houses for over 20 years to give them the houses for free or sell them at the lowest price the government can think of.

“Government should think of selling the houses to tenants who have been in the houses for 20, 30, 40 even 50 years. This is not a new arrangement as this happens in Zambia, Tanzania or South Africa,” he said.

Kaumphawi bemoaned that the houses are never rehabilitated, the are filthy, roofs half blown up saying they were not fit for human dwelling in urban areas.

Muluzi did not immmediately respond to the request but said the government will look into the issues raised critically.

He said the public sector reform programme will greatly benefit the Malawi Housing Corporation tenants.

Muluzi said the reform programme also provides for the construction of new houses.

The minister also said the government is in the process of amending the MHC Act to enable tge state run housing company deliver.

MHC general manager Rose Mkandawire said her organisation is building new houses in Ngumbe, Blantyre and Area 18 in Lilongwe.

She said over all, the housing corporation is expected to construct 2500 houses to ease demand for houses.

The MHC boss said currently, there are 140000 people on the waiting list for the only 6500 houses available. She said the corporation needs at least 21000 houses a year to meet the growing demand for houses mostly in urban areas.

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24 thoughts on “Malawi Housing Corp tenants want govt to surrender houses”

  1. Livulezi river says:

    MHC or govt should not dare either giving or selling them the houses. Let them build their own houses. Ngati kuli mbuzi za anthu ndiye ma tenanti a MHC . Amangosiirana ma nyumba ndi kumalimbikitsana kuti adzalandira nyumba za ulere! MHC should now remove these dogs masquerading as tenants because the more time they live in there, the more risk MHC will encounter in future whereby the tenants will take MHC to court one day challenging the legality of not selling them the houses.

  2. Busy brains says:

    To be frank, to live in a rented house for over 15 years simply shows one’s stupidity. It simply shows one doesn’t think about his future and that of his family. Most tenants are fools to the extent of buying and driving very expensive cars while living in rented houses. All they want is shobiz in town. Kugula tauni ndi kukhala ndi nyumba yakoyako!!!

  3. Wagwatu says:

    These houses are for all of us. The fact that you have been privileged to stay long in those houses is not a qualification for owning the houses for free.

  4. Lottie says:

    What a ridiculous suggestion – houses for free?

  5. Ganimunthu says:

    Apatsidwe basi anayambitsa ndi a DPP potenga nyumba yaku sunny side imene mumakhla CEO wa city council kukhala office ya DPP.

  6. lacerda Plano says:

    Tulukanimo chabe mukapeza za roof yabwino agula zimenezo anzanu kufuna kubera dziko basi

  7. Mayankho says:

    MHC houses are small meant for small families. After ten years in MHC house a family must have grown in size and economically and therefore that must be time to build your own house. MHC should come with a policy that will limit tenants to occupy their houses not more than ten years. Such a policy will help boys and girls that have just graduated and newly employed to find accommodation while the elderly will also benefit as they will be forced by circumstances to plan of building bigger and better houses thereby adding to the development and growth of our cities.

  8. KK says:

    Koma a Malawi, kuzolowela zaulele basi. If the houses are not rehabilitated, and not fit for human being to stay in. Why are you still there? seem contradiction here. Zaulele promotes ulesi. So no to ulele and selling should be @ Market value osati poti wakhalamo 50 years. nkani anthu mumakamila mmanyumbamo ngati anu eti?

  9. anyikwi says:

    nane ndiawuza a Landlord anga andipatse.nane ndakhalitsa pa mdamdapa kwa zaka makumi awiri.

  10. Proud House owner says:

    Support the proposal that maximum stay in an MHC house should be 10 years while giving the tenant a chance to build their own houses. Koma nuona this stupid proposal will be taken on board in order for politicians to also participate in the abuse paja we have living examples in high places.

  11. maria duwa says:

    MHC please sell your houses to sitting in tenants mostly houses in Nkolokosa, Area 18, Chitawira, Ndirande Newlines, Socheast, Naperi, Kanjedza, Chinyonga,Mapale in Zomba, etc The government must help its people to own houses. Sell the houses now now now!

  12. wa ku Mitchesi kujaaaaa!!!! says:

    No “free lunch”, even in corrupt Malawi.
    Hoeever, nothing wrong with selling the houses to tenants. But, the price should be the market price; and with serious consideration of the condition of the house. In some cases the price will have be discounted “heavy”, because it may cost almost as much to build a similar house on the same site, as the price of the current house.

  13. Anijo jamu says:

    The government should let sitting-in tenants to buy the houses. It’s over ten years when MHC stopped selling their houses denying sitting in tenants to buy the houses. I call this abuse. We want a listening government. Let sitting in tenants buy the houses. Only MCP and UDF allowed people to buy MHC houses.

  14. Mwini nyumba kumanyowe says:

    Why every body wants everything for free in Malawi. Education, health care, fertilizer, even houses? Next it will be monthly allowances. You can not plan to have a house in five years? I built mine 8 years, all one needs plan and commitment forge leasure eg drinking and buying expensive clothes etc. Before you know it, there is a have you can move in and complete the rest while you are there. These houses should not be given our, tax payer money should not subsidize stupidity and laziness.

  15. golo says:

    this is welcome development.MHC should surrender those houses especially built by the colonial govt.houses in kanjedza,chitawira should be given to the tenants who have lived in them for more than 20 years .our friends in Zambia did that long time ago

  16. Abiti Foloko says:

    kudzikonda basi akupatseni nyumba zaulere kuti chani. Mangani yanu tulukanimoni mmenemo ena akhalemo ufiti chani mxxiii anthu opanda nzeru kufuna zamahara

  17. Grace says:

    If the houses are not fit for human dwelling as you are put it, then why on earth are you living in those houses? Give us a break please!

  18. Sapitwa says:

    Iam of the opinion that building houses for people to rent in is dull strategy. To those Tenants, it’s a waste of their life time and to MHC, it’s bringing down the country’s development strategy .
    Build for sale on long term for over 35 years on lower monthly premiums. When people have ownership, they maintain the houses and the landscape.
    My question is, why can’t there be subsidized property developers who can only build houses and let the government develop infrastructure only? With this strategy, we could have seen well developed cities.

  19. kuchitekete says:

    Kukhala munyumba ya housing for 20 yrs is just being selfish. Osamanga yako bwanji? Zaulesi basi? MHC pliz put a policy that should not allow a tenant to stay in your houses for not more than 10 yrs. Anyamata akusowa manyumba paneme nkhalamba zina zili awapatse ulele. Usawi chichi? Kapitani kumudzi mukalime sizoti akupatseni ulelezo. Ngati zikukupwetekani pitani Ku Zambia konko mxiiiiiii.

  20. still waiting to clap hands says:

    nzelu zofoyila ngati zanuzo ndizimene zikupangitsa dziko lino kukhala chimbudzi cha africa. 40 years mukukhala nyumba ya cheap rent osakhalako ndi ma plan omanga property yanu-yanu zowona? no thoughts of upgrading you life? banja limodzi kumangosiyilana nyumba to the point of zidzukulu kubadwira momo?

    please grow up amalawi. ndipo kuyikitsidwe lamulo lokuti nyumba za housing anthu azituluka ndikusiyila anzawo after 5 years kuti ana omaliza kumene school azipeza poyambila. kuzolowera zaulele basi.

  21. JIGISI says:

    Maiko ambiri mu africa muno anagawa nyumba kwa amene akhalamo kwambiri…..

  22. JIGISI says:

    akunama inu musaapatsa.zaulesi zimenezo bola agule anduna nyumbazo
    Ena anakhala nyumbazo nthawi yayitali ndikumwalira muapatsa ana otsalawo???

  23. jj says:

    Stupid.where on earth has a tenant been given a house or any property for staying there for too long. Lazy dull tenants.bleave the gov property and build your own. Dziko lingatukuke cjonchi?

    1. Wa makani says:

      In Zambia, south africa and libia

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