Malawi government has announced that the newly built international conference centre with Chinese aid which is next to the country’s first five-star hotel at City Centre in the capital Lilongwe will be named after President Bingu wa Mutharika.
Minister of Tourism Parks and Wildlife Daniel Liwimbi disclosed this at the parliament building in Lilongwe on Tuesday.
Liwimbi said the conference centre will bear the name Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC).
The tourism minister said the decision to name the international Conference Centre was made at a recent cabinet meeting and he stressed that no Malawian will be against the move.
He said this is part of recognizing the good work President Mutharika has done during his tenure of office which expires in 2014.
The minister also revealed that the Five Star Hotel will be called Presidents Hotel while the opulent Presidential Villas built along the presidential drive will maintain its name.
According to Liwimbi, the Conference centre is expected to be officially launched next month.
Malawi is expected to host the African Union Summit mid this year and the meeting will be held at the newly built conference centre.
Meanwhile, people from two districts of Chitipa and Karonga are reported to be furious with the decision made by some few chiefs claiming they are presenting the views of other chiefs from the area in announcing that the Chitipa Karonga road be named Bingu High way.