Malawi govt buys French Cultural Centre

The Malawi government has finally bought the French Cultural Centre at an undisclosed amount following a public out cry after the French Embassy closed it.

Director of Finance and Administration in the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture Bishop Kenson Mbwana confirmed the development to Nyasa Times but declined to disclose how much it has costed the tax payer.

“It is true that government has managed to buy the Centre. Currently we are working on a handover. Documents that we have indicate that money is now in Paris,” Bishop Mbwana said.

French Culutral Centre now a property of Malawi government

He said before the handover, officials from his department will visit the Centre and check on the facilities since it has been out of use for some time.

Meanwhile, Royal Norwegian Embassy says it will continue to support Malawi’s cultural programmes because they are the first to suffer if a country is in an economic downturn.

“In a recent evaluation of cultural support to Malawi, I would say the conclusion is positive. We will continue our financial support,” said Ambassador Asbjorn Eidhammer of the Kingdom of Norway.

French cultural center had housed many local and international artists and had also been a favorite amongst gospel and hip-hop and urban shows.

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