Malawians decry the state of Lilongwe Bus Depot: Capital City is dirty all over

Lilongwe’s bus terminal is the hub of transportation for the Capital City but it is in such a sorry sight of late that Malawians  have expressed their disappointments through social media.

Lilongwe Bus Station: Sorry sight

Garbage all over

Eyesore: Lilongwe bus depot

Concerned citizen Bernard Ambali posted pictures of the sorry state of affairs of the bus terminal with a caption that read: “Who owns or manages Lilongwe Bus Terminal? This facility is in desperate need of a complete overhaul! Just like our International Airports, we need facilities that are “welcoming” to our visitors!”

In response, Sam Hobbie said: “Not just visitors, even us as users of the facility! Whatever happened to aesthetics in the services and facilities on offer in this horrible place!”

Franciwell Phiri said: “Every time you drive into Lilongwe Bus Terminal, there is [someone] at the outlet collecting money from any car that passes through that gate. [They] collect money but not provide [services] for customers. This is the sickness of business providers in this country. The mentality of rip off still strong. For how can you collect money yet you cant provide for your  customer? And as usual the city council is very happy with the service.

“In Malawi now we rush to own, because owning is power. But nobody takes responsibility. Very sad. Even the schools that gave us decent education — well run then —  are collapsing, everyone is blaming the other. If you look closely, it’s all about mismanagement,” Franciwell said.

Synowden Mbalafana said this is typical of Lilongwe City which seems not to care as long as it still collects revenue from it.

“The City is dirty all over, the streets, the markets, the locations etc etc. Anywhere and every there is [no] dumping site, nobody cares. Yet down South, Blantyre (Limbe inclusive), life of a glittering city is fast coming back. Very clean and orderly day and night. I don’t know who to blame but one thing is for sure, the leadership that should have been in the forefront lack vision because their eyes are on money now. This is a city I  call my home which was once beautiful.”

Mbachazwa Lungu said: “This [terminal] used to be a clean facility in those UTM/Stagecoach days. Have they gotten to this state? Something needs to be done indeed. it is an eyesore. I consider Kigali [Rwanda] the cleanest city in Africa. Every taxi/minibus has a waste bin inside. We should learn from them to keep our surroundings tidy.”

Enock Nyimbiri said it seems the decision makers don’t use these facilities and thus they do not notice the state of the terminal.

“They lavish in their luxurious state of the art government vehicles while the masses are being subjected to these dehumanizing conditions. Because we are who we are, there isn’t much we can do about it. Someday, someone will take note. Where is the Mayor of this city?”

Robert Whte said : “Apparently, the higher we go on the ladder the less concerned we become of the issues that the majority of the people face. I agree with Enock [Nyimbiri] that decision makers don’t use these facilities but I also don’t remember the last day I used such facilities, even though I used to use them a lot in my school and college days.

“It seems to me the higher we rise, the less interested we become on developmental problems affecting our people.”

Praise Kafulatira said its not just the case of Lilongwe but also in Blantyre.

“This country is surely on the verge of collapse,” he said.

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8 thoughts on “Malawians decry the state of Lilongwe Bus Depot: Capital City is dirty all over”

  1. truth pains says:

    town inachuluka a chawa ndi a lomwe othawa kwao kumwera. anthu a umve kwabasi

  2. Fiso says:

    At the end of the day the bulk lies with your president. He has never been to Lilongwe bus depot let alone Joburg’s Park Station or Zambia’s Intercity coach station so as to compare. He and Mulli are one so he is also benefiting from it

  3. Gas Machine Head says:

    Lilongwe Bus Terminal as well as the Wenela Bus Terminal are owned and run by Mulli Brothers. This has been the case for close to 10 years now. Ask the Operations Manager of Mulli Brothers, who own National Bus Services, Mr Joseph Khupe, a mate of mine from the old days in Kanjedza. They collect the fees and they are expected to 100 per cent manage the premises in Blantyre and Lilongwe. Any bus that uses the depot pays the daily fees to Mulli Brothers. That is why those who do not pay like Axa, Ulemu Bus and others opt to drop and collect passengers outside the premises. I hope for those who were not in the know have now been enlightened. Thank you!

  4. Akatwiri says:

    I do agree to the comments above,and another thing around this bus terminal not only dirty but also thieves in form of selling small items.

  5. Jesper Kajaha says:

    The main problems with this bust terminal is that it was given to Mulli under National Bus Company. National Bus Company also owns Wenela, Mzimba and for SBL garage in Mzuzu and Makata in BT. As we all know, National Bus Company is almost dead now, the few buses they run are in a sorry state. It is therefore expected that they cant take care of other facilities if they fail to run their buses.

    National Bus Company has not paid for the acquisition of these facilities although they continue collecting fees and rentals on them. The government should repossess them and possibly hand them over to assemblies, if that is possible so that for example, Lilongwe City Assembly can run the Lilongwe bus terminal or better still, find an investor who can build a better structure and run it commercially(its a great business potential)

    Please officials in Government, look at this issue critically. We deserve better services.



  7. Shocker says:

    Lilongwe city council is the most useless city council in Malawi which does not exist at continental level. The staff at council in clueless on how to make the city beautiful. What they have to know is that this is the capital city and the face of this nation. What people see in this city reflects what Malawi as a nation is all about. No wonder Zambians refer to us as anthu aumve. These so called councillors are also to blame. their interest is more on making money for themselves than serving the city interests. Shame on you councillors and LL city stafff.

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