Construction of new Mzuzu Civic offices will start end February and will cost close to K2 billion, Mzuzu City Council Chief Executive officer has said.
The CEO Macloud Kadammanja said the new office complex would be behind Grand Palace Hotel and has been funded by Malawi Government through the national budget.
He said new offices are necessary because the current civic centre has no space for new construction and that the buildings are old.
Kadammanja said construction could have started last year but Ministry of Local Government officials advised the council to revisit its plans and designs.
“The initial amount was K1.5 billion but [due to redesigning] the amount has been raised up closer to K2 billion; the actual amount will be established when redesigning and drawing is done,” he said.
Kadammanja said they engaged the consultants last year in December to do the reviewing and redesigning and the agreement with them was to finish by the end of January.
He said the general public should not think that the new office complex would be far from main town because the council is developing the city center from around Reserve Bank and Grand Palace Hotel up to Mzuzu Admarc.
Meanwhile, the council has already placed adverts in the local papers for qualified contractors to apply for the project and successful applicant will be known early February.