Restructuring of Mangochi Post Office into a One Stop Public Service Delivery Centre has brought about excitement among people in the district who will no longer have to travel to Blantyre to seek similar services.
The centre branded Mlambe Centre is under government’s nationwide institutional restructuring where government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDA) are reframed or unbundled for more effective service delivery.
Constructed in the mid 1970s and opened on April 16, 1977 by Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda, the Mangochi Post Office now wears a new face altogether with postal services forming just part of the many services the centre will now be offering.
“The restructuring of the centre has been very smooth and is now 99 percent complete. The centre, like the rest under the reforms throughout the country, will now have the Malawi Posts Corporations (MPC), Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA), the Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services, Department of Immigration, and the Registrar General – all under one roof,” Centre Manager, Daniel Bwanali said in an interview on Tuesday in Mangochi.
He said people in Mangochi were anticipating for such development for a long time.
Bwanali added that the centre will not only change the face of Mangochi but will also stimulate economic activities in the district where people are already business minded.
“Mangochi is an economic hub where people are always on the move doing one thing or another to make ends meet and services like passport processing, issuance of driving licenses, registration of businesses, among others, have always been on high demand,” he explained.
He added, that it is his belief that people in Mangochi will own the development and that they will utilize the services that will be offered there.
Random interviews conducted around the Boma revealed the excitement among the people of Mangochi who said they could not wait to see the centre opened and fully operational.
“I had never imagined this could be possible; over ten services under one roof. We will no longer need to go to Blantyre for passport processing, business registration and for many other services,” one business man, Cassim Billiat explained.
Earlier in the month, Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Nicholas Dausi, described the establishment of the service centers as one of the many achievements by the current government under the Integrated Public Service Delivery Centers Reform Agenda.
“I am happy to report that Malawi’s first ever One Stop Public Service Delivery Centre, which will be known as the Mlambe Centre is about to be launched by His Excellency the State President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika this August, 2017,” the Minister said recently.