Minister says 10 000 houses for security agencies to be constructed by Malawian companies

Government intends to engage Malawian construction companies in the construction of houses for officers in security agencies as one way of fast- tracking the implementation of the project.

Senior Deputy Commissioner of Police, responsible for the north, Peter Chasweka briefs Vuwa on accomodation challenges for police officers at Mzuzu Regional Police Headquarters.
A police officer’s house at Mzuzu Regional Police Headquarters with a timber extention attached to the main house accomodate a family
Some of thes houses will look like this which one of the houses of police officers at Area 4 in Mzuzu.

Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Vuwa Kaunda, disclosed this on Monday in Mzuzu on his mission to assess availability of land for construction of houses for police officers in the north.

Kaunda said the project, which intends to construct 10,000 houses for all public security agencies, will be implemented in phases and that 1000 houses are expected to be constructed in phase one by June 30, 2020.

“Since we want to meet targeted period and to avoid giving back money to treasury meant for the project, we need to involve Malawian construction companies and Malawi Housing Cooperation (MHC) which will be the lead consultant in planning, designing and construction of the houses,” said Kaunda.

He said besides being the lead consultant, MHC will construct 200 houses while the rest will be built by the Malawian companies according to their operating regions.

“MHC on its own cannot manage to handle this project, hence the need for us to involve the private sector.

“Construction companies which are based in the northern region will be awarded contracts within the region, likewise with those based in the south and centre,” said Kaunda.

The minister said such an approach will also create employment opportunities, thereby addressing unemployment challenges the country is facing.

In his remarks, Senior Deputy Commissioner of Police responsible for northern region, Peter Chasweka, described the project as a timely intervention towards addressing accommodation challenges in the security agencies.

He said almost half of police officers in the region live in rented houses, a development which he said comprises the officers’ security.

“We work as team, therefore it is a requirement that all officers should be accommodated within specific camps for easy mobilization when responding to emergency security issues,” said Chasweka.

Also speaking to the media in an interview, Chasweka disclosed that government will also construct a police regional training centre for the north.

Police officers’ houses in Mzuzu will be constructed at Area 4 and Dunduzu.

Government intends to construct 10,000 houses for officers in all public security agencies by 2024.

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Harlod
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Harlod

10,000 houses @ 50,000 bricks/house = 500,000,000 bricks.
If these bricks are burnt: assume 1 kiln (uvuni) has 50,000 bricks; assume 1 kiln takes 100 trees to burn the bricks;
therefore 1 tree is burning 500 bricks (i.e. 50,000/100).
Therefore 500,000,000 bricks @500 bricks per tree = 1,000,000 trees
IF THIS HOUSING PROJECT IS GOING TO USE BURNT BRICKS, IT WILL BE A TRAGEDY FOR OUR ALREADY TREELESS COUNTRY. MALAWI CANNOT AFFORD TO CUT 1 MILLION TREES.
Cement blocks are the way to go. In fact Malawi is one of very few countries in Africa that use burnt bricks!

Gongoni Wakuda
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Gongoni Wakuda

There are modern ways of making bricks. Machine molding and they don’t need to be burnt

Gerald Katchola-Banda
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Gerald Katchola-Banda

I thought Dausi went to the media and boasted that the houses had already been built? Which is which?

Abgirl
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Abgirl

And the contract will be awarded to a DPP cadet or someone cadets hides behind him. This is what the Mchachas and friends are doing. They have put their investments under someone. You may think such a person is winning contracts fairy, no, he is just a cover for people like Mchacha

Kapado Chimulirenji
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MHC has the capacity all the houses on its own, but your are playing with ours psyche. All the Malawian companies you are talking about belong to Getrude Mutharika and APM Ministers.

Nzika
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Nzika

We have been hearing about this housing song for far too long for God sake. Can you please keep quiet and get down to work and come back to us when the houses are constructed. Mxiii

Nasingwe
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Nasingwe

aa bwanji foto ili pa main heading yo. looks like zambian comedian ol9 ndi magulu a Nankhumwa odya za magulu ndikumanenepa conci. yaaaaaa. okudya moyenerera.ee

Lilongwe
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Hahahahahaha was thinking the same. Politicians kunenepa, angowoneka they are making a comedy kkkkkk