Chakwera decries Malawi’s poor architectural standards
Malawi President, Lazarus Chakwera has decried the low and cheap architectural standards in the country.
The Malawi leader says the deliberate neglect of the rule of law on architectural designs and corrupt deals between players in the private sector and corrupt officials in the public sector are the major causes of these substandard.
Chakwera made the remarks Tuesday when presided over the official opening ceremony for Malawi Institute of Architects Annual (MIA) General Conference where he was also installed as a Patron for the organization.
“When I received the invitation to serve as patron of the Malawi Institute of Architecture, I immediately said yes.
“I did so not for the title, but for the opportunity this partnership represents.
It is an opportunity for my Administration to promote good architectural practice at all levels of our society,” Chakwera said.
The President said, as a leader, he is reminded every day of both the importance of good architecture and the adverse effects of its neglects as he visits State Residences located in different parts of the country, which happen to be the best designed and constructed edifices in the country.
Said Chakwera: “The architectural legacy that late President Kamuzu Banda left remains the vanguard of building design and construction in this country.”
“At the same time, these architectural marvels from the Kamuzu era have become symbols of the neglect of subsequent generations.
Chakwera bemoaned that Malawi has now become a nation that cares only about development of the belly.
“As a result, wherever one looks, one sees architectural standards in a state of decline. In fact, I do not think it an exaggeration to say that architectural standards in this country are in a state of crisis,” said the Malawi leader.
Speaking earlier, Transport and Public Works deputy minister, Nancy Chaola Mdooko, said:
“It is deplorable to find unfit and substandard structures even in cities.
“My ministry will make sure that the law is now followed to the letter on architectural designs.”
President of Malawi Institute of Architects, Tione Mughogho, speaking before installing Chakwera as a Patron for their organization, said it was a huge honor for Chakwera to accept the Patronage as well as attend the opening ceremony.
In the 28 years of MIA’s existence, Chakwera becomes the second Patron of the organization after the first President, Ngwazi Kamuzu Banda.
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Easy to criticise when you haven’t built a single toilet yourself. Kunyoza and empty speeches with nothing to show while time is going.
public institutions must be neutral without the influence of a state president , a president cannot have skills in all things, thats why trained n skilled persons should be given such position just like in most emerging countries.
malawi is one of few african states where a state president holds almost every public higher position, this is one of reasons we are not progressing.
Dont bring politics into this noble profession plz.
Really Mr Chakwera you should slow down on these useless titles. Olo set square mumaidziwa inu kuti mukakhale patron of the hapless draughtsmen?
DPP is dead and buried
Solve the problem of education for architecture… Build capacity locally and strengthen local government controls . Then you will have a different perspective.
This is one subject that needs comment. From town-planning,sewer management to building and Road design, we are on a heap of rubble that need to be cleared. New Kamuzu International Airport extension is an example of poor designs. We should not have accepted that structure as a gateway into and out of the country. Whether it was donated mahala I care less. Our infrastructure designs are common with pa trading look-alikes. From Bridge designs to drainage systems everything is so chaotic no wonder our bridges get washed away every rain season. Our roads have no visible traffic control signs. Buildings… Read more »
The only problem is that we leave Amwenye akungomanga zinthu zosawoneka mkati mwa town and popanda chochitika. Zi ma building za mma 70s mpaka pano no renovations or whatever.
Some building are eyesore. On zomba road all strictures in flats are sub standard and need to be demolished and reconstructed. Also the roads in limbe are not only sub standard but also very dangerous.