Communities in Blantyre nods to Matindi Industrial Park

Communities around Matindi  have finally allowed government to use part of their land to construct the  planned Matindi Industrial Park in Blantyre which will affect four group village heads (GVHs)under Senior Chief Kapeni.

  Blantyre district commissioner Bennet Nkasala: Communities nods to park

The development has come after the project faced strong resistance, especially from people living in Chimaimba Village who said were not ready to move out of their ancestral land.

This, according to Blantyre District Commissioner, Bennett Nkasala, forced government to trim the number of hectares needed for the project from 280 to 130 in order to allow the people have the freedom to stay on their inherited land while benefiting from the fruits of the intended development.

Speaking during a sensitization meeting, Senior Chief Kapeni assured that his subjects have agreed to pave way for the project as they now feel safe about their ever appreciating property (pockets of land).

“The process has not been easy at all and I have been labelled as an enemy of progress because the people had fears of the unknown. But now am glad that they have understood the intension of the project.

“Government is now free to commence the project at the intended site. The people have now provided land for the project,” said Kapeni.

On his part, Nkasala commended people in the area for making a very sound decision to allow government utilise the land, describing the journey as difficult.

“If it were a marriage proposal, I would have given up. The whole process drained all our efforts as it seemed impossible but I’m now happy that they have finally given in for the project,” Nkasala said.

Nkasala said they shall soon conduct a survey and install beacons on the land to establish how many people shall be compensated, among other logistics.

Blantyre North East Member of Parliament, Fidson Chisesele applauded the community for making a U-turn on the previous decision, saying the project is the only way that can help improve their livelihoods in all aspects.

Once completed, the parks will, apart from creating jobs for Malawians, boost the country’s economic base through exports of manufactured products.

Government with assistance from the African Export – Import Bank (Afreximbank) plans to construct the park alongside an International Airport with a Five-Star Hotel in Mangochi as well as another industrial park at Area 55 in Lilongwe, including Liwonde Dry Port.

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4 years ago

It’s Communities in BT “nod” not “nods”

Voice from the wilderness
Voice from the wilderness
4 years ago

Bola ma plot musagawane nokhonokha ndazimbuyanuwo the way you have done in most city areas

4 years ago

Mangano kwanuko Ku mangochi Lilongwe, zilibe kanthu. But take note, if we see galimoto za Muli kwa Jenda kuno, we will burn them down. Nauka wachimanga wasala pang’ono, come and face the music. Stupid.

4 years ago
Reply to  Bamusi

Mumafuna amange hotel kwa Jenda?😁😁😁😁. I am not from Mangochi but there is definitely a reason why cape Maclear was selected. Also let’s be fair within the Mangochi Maching a Liwonde area there are a lot of tourist attractions not just the lake.

Thom simbota
Thom simbota
4 years ago

Big bwana nkasala

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