Area 18 households should get K2mil compasation for sewage horror – Lawyers

Lawyers’ Forum for Human Rights has asked  Lilongwe Water Board and Lilongwe City Council (LCC) to give K2 million compensation to each of the Area 18 residential estate household as  compensation as they made to consume water contaminated with sewage.

Area 18 residens protest.-Photo by Times

Some  residents of Area 18 had sewage-filled water flowing from their taps, a development which was later confirmed and regretted by Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) chief executive officer (CEO) Alfonso Chikuni and the resident  are demanding compensation for those who were affected.

The lawyers forum has since given the board and council seven days to pay damages or face legal action.

Chancy Mwalubunju, chairperson for lawyers forum said they have not agreed with the affected residents on the amount of money they should get as compensation.

But he said from their “legal point of view” each household should get “around K2 million for the damages.”

The lawyers also what LWB and LCC to immediately provide relief and potable water to  the affected residents, permanently rectify the water situation, immediately conduct a wide invetsigative audit  of the whole LCC water and sewer areas.

They also demand that they should rehabilitate all broken sewer pipes.

Following the incident, Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) held a public inquiry in Lilongwe to get the views of different stakeholders including Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC), LWB, Lilongwe City Council (LCC) and the affected residents.

The LWB CEO attributed the existence of worn out and rusty water pipes , saying LWB is working on replacing the old pipes some of them which are over 50 years old.



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4 years ago

Let the area 18 residents receive their compensations. In fact Lilongwe Water-board MUST be punished severely. Had it been this leakage happened at state house, where true people reside, what could be the end results. But since this happened to living things with the appearance of animals no wonder all these excuses etc. Why is the board demanding medical reports to confirm that it indeed supplied contaminated water/ Maybe the board is wondering to hear that it supplied its product (stool) mixed with water. What will happen to those who will face health problems, in the future, due to this… Read more »

4 years ago

Indeed the residents of area 18 deserve BIG compensations. It is sad to see that Lilongwe water-board is out of senses. Why is it demanding medical reports to confirm that people consumed contaminated Water. Maybe they are surprised to be accused of supplying their product (stool) mixed with water. LL stool- board MUST be charged heavily for its stubbornness and arrogance. It forgets its role but delighted at funding ruling parties in different forms/ways. Of late it has realized that its maintenance work has no funding. No matter what area 18 residents have to resume consumption of the water. An… Read more »

4 years ago

Osawamvera chisoni a water board. They have money. amapeleka ku blue night. It should even be more than 2 million. Anthu a ku 18 azunzika

4 years ago

Dont expect anything from MHRC. They are corrupt . They did an inquiry here at Chanco. Now a year has gone. No feed back.

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