Chilima takes reforms to North Malawi: Calls for Sunbird Mzuzu Hotel immediate renovation

Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima has described the state in which a state-run Sunbird Mzuzu Hotel is as very poor, not befitting a hotel in the 21 century.

Chilima takes reforms to northern region
Mzuzu Hotel

He has since ordered that renovation should be done one facility as a matter of urgency.

Chilima made the directive in Mzuzu on Tuesday at the start of his discussions with parastatal organisations in his capacity as the Minister of Economic Planning and Development and Public Sector Reforms.

 

“Sunbird Mzuzu Hotel facilities are in a poor state and must be renovated with urgency. The conference facilities and rooms leave a lot to be desired. To say the least, the Hotel does not reflect what a hotel ought to be in 2020,” he says on his Facebook page.

“As such, on behalf of His Excellency Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, President of the Republic, and on behalf of the Minister of Tourism, Dr. Michael Usi, I have directed that Sunbird Mzuzu Hotel be renovated as soon as possible just like Sunbird has done with some of its hotels,” he added.

Chilima further expressed displeasure with the poor waste management in Mzuzu City.

He suggested that the council should consider launching a Keep Mzuzu City Clean initiative where residents would be involved to save the city from its current state of affairs.

On air transport, Chilima says he is convinced that Mzuzu Airport still has the potential and capacity to handle aircraft that would export produce from the region such as coffee and beef in the short term arrangement.

“But for that to happen, the Council must liaise with the Department of Civil Aviation to construct a fence so that the Airport is no longer a footpath or a grazing area for Cattle and Goats. I am delighted that relevant stakeholders on the issues that I have raised have shown willingness to act as soon as possible,” says the Vice President.

Chilima is in Mzuzu engaging Heads of Parastatals and Local Councils today while tomorrow he will engage northern region Private Sector and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) on Public Sector Reforms which are aimed at improving service delivery for the people of Malawi.

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Poison v Venom
9 months ago

The issue of waste disposal needs to be taken seriously and it is not only in Mzuzu but also other Cities. The Ntaya at six miles in Lilongwe is in a very bad state just like the one in Blantyre as you go to Chiradzulu. Malawi is very filthy. There is a lot of rubbish going into Lilongwe River from the markets and yet the river goes to Lake Malawi which we call a tourist attraction. This is really disgusting. What is the Department of Environmental Affairs doing? Please fire all the failures at the top. They are not accountable… Read more »

Thyola mwendo
9 months ago

What a shzme to the vice
Why not buijd new hotel. Next time you will hear him telling people to reconstruct chaysmba building. Pangsni zanu tione. Wa pa kariyara akulrphera kuimba bello

Poison v Venom
9 months ago
Reply to  Thyola mwendo

There is just need to renovate the existing building and expand the hotel if there is need. If you travel from Karonga to Chitimba you will appreciate how beautiful the lake is yet there is no good hotel there. The lake can attract tourists through water sports. Our leaders are not innovative. They only think of enriching themselves especially the udf and dpp leaders.

Vavlov
Vavlov
9 months ago
Reply to  Thyola mwendo

Chilima is more pragmatic, rehabilitate what is there. Thyola Mwendo by your name, there is no need to build new infrastructure if the old one can be improved

BigMan
BigMan
9 months ago

What a shame that it takes the whole VP to bark out instructions for the City executives to start seriously thinking that not having proper sanitation and refuse collection facilities in the city is an emergency.

What was their plan before the Veep prodded them? They are on same normal pace yet the city is rotting away??? This is an emergency, act like it for Gods sake! A disaster.

Khima
Khima
9 months ago

This is where we go wrong timafuna atsogoleli atiuze what do instead of ife amene tikuyendesa ma institutions ndi amene tikuyenela kuona tokha what is needed. City Authorities must always know their full mandate, it is not only waste management which is a problem in all Cities..they are just off rail. Many City Roads are in poor state, poor or non existent sewer systems, illegal vending, erratic city rates collections, illegal and archaic buildings..just to mention a few..Kindly enforce policies that run cities…those who cant afford achotsedwe and put in capable people…mpamene tizayembe kuona kusintha

Kamuzu Is Our Leader
Kamuzu Is Our Leader
9 months ago

What’s wrong with us Malawians? We blindly worship our leaders to end up with dictators and thieves as our leaders. I don’t hate SKC I don’t even know the guy but what I know is governance and I know that praises like “Kamuzu does no wrong Kamuzu is our leader” created the dictator we saw. Now you want to do the same with SKC. Foolish,

Last edited 9 months ago by Kamuzu Is Our Leader
Pewani
Pewani
9 months ago

People like you are the ones killing Malawi. You don’t differentiate between good and evil.

Mphwiyo
Mphwiyo
9 months ago

And that required a Vice President? What were the minister and PS and everyone doing at that moment? Set policies and let the juniors do the ground work, ask for reports in two to three months. Soon you will just be a busy body and macro managing everything yourself.

Kamuzu Is Our Leader
Kamuzu Is Our Leader
9 months ago
Reply to  Mphwiyo

Bravo. Thank you most sensible blog I have read today. Indeed the VP of the Republic of Malawi is making pronouncements on the smallest trivial matters. And Ministers like Mr & Mrs Mia and others are copying the VP. The President is left with nothing to do but pose with corrupt Amenyes like the guy from Sunseed, and others. Malawi wa lero.

BigMan
BigMan
9 months ago
Reply to  Mphwiyo

Clearly the people you mention werent doing their job effectively.

The Veep is there to address Reforms, remember?

Destroyer of liars
9 months ago

Bwana Veep are you not going to construct a new airport in Mzuzu as promised during campaign meetings? You are talking of fencing the old dilapidated airport, have you shelved off your plans to build a modern airport? Will it be another government of promises without implementation?

Plunder Hater
Plunder Hater
9 months ago

Is this country is to develop, we need to develop the north. This is where people who is running Malawi come from. Believe me. I am Chewa from Malawi but I admire our Colleagues up north for the zeal for perfection. Without northwrs would ha e been worse than we are now

Khima
Khima
9 months ago
Reply to  Plunder Hater

If Notherners had invested kwambiri kwao all these years sibwenzi kutachedwa kutukuka..I applaud the few ones building modern facilities in Karonga, Mzimba, Rumphi, Nkhatabay and Chitipa…keep it up

Sidos
Sidos
9 months ago

A government minister ‘directing’ how private hotels should operate.

What a waste of taxpayer money.

Mr phalombe
Mr phalombe
9 months ago
Reply to  Sidos

This comment shows that u don’t know sunbird hotels. Gvt is a majority shareholder for Christ sake! Eesh.

Sidos
Sidos
9 months ago
Reply to  Mr phalombe

That’s exactly the problem.

What on earth is the government doing with shares in a hotel company??

Privatise it!

Along with all the other pointless government shareholdings – Press Corporation, Umodzi Park, etc.

Chiswa B
Chiswa B
9 months ago

Mkamaliza ma meeting mutiuza

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