Minister Vuwa puts foot down on Katoto Sports Complex: Blocks hotel construction  

Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Symon Vuwa Kaunda MP, has succeeded in stopping an investor from constructing a multi-million kwacha hotel at Katoto Secondary School Sports Complex (KSSSC) in the City of Mzuzu.

Minister Vuwa Kaunda says he will not allow an investor to construct a multi-million kwacha hotel at Katoto Secondary School Sports Complex

Local press reported that Mzuzu City Council (MCC) gave the investor an approval to build a hotel at KSSSC.

This is the only public place in Mzuzu that has a football ground, netball, volleyball and basketball courts that are of standard.

Even Mzuzu University, the only public university in the northern region, has no such facilities.

KSSSC is the place residents in Mzuzu consider as their social center that gives them a true definition of entertainment.

However, Kaunda has blocked the move to sell the place, saying it does not make sense to turn the sports arena into a hotel site as that would deprive the youth an opportunity to enjoy sports.

“As a minister responsible, I have been entrusted to protect the interests of Malawians. It is true that I have blocked a hotel project at KSSSC. You are aware that the government of President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika prioritises the welfare of our youths,” said Kaunda.

The decision to approve KSSSC land for the investor was allegedly made without considering the youths and different organisations that use the place for games and other entertainment activities.

The site is also used as a football ground for Katoto Secondary School students and a hub for different public activities like music shows and political events because the place is at the center of the City of Mzuzu.

Actually, all regional and national tournaments involving netball, volleyball and basketball are hosted at KSSSC.

Kaunda added that allowing the hotel project on the site could have been unfair to all residents of Mzuzu considering that Mzuzu Stadium is also small and lacking a number of amenities.

“My decision to reject the hotel project was arrived at in the interest of the public. It is for the common good of the people of the Northern Region. After all, the policy of President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, who appointed me as a minister, is people first,” he said.

It is said that MCC, after allegedly giving KSSSC land to the investor, planned to allocate another piece of land close to the same site for sports activities.

But MCC Spokesperson, McDonald Gondwe, clarified: “The land in question does not belong to Mzuzu City Council. KSSSC grounds belong to Katoto Secondary School. So the best to respond on this matter should be the owners of the land.”

However, efforts to speak to Katoto Secondary School authorities and Ministry of Education officials proved futile.

Meanwhile, Kaunda has received praise from the public for blocking the hotel project at KSSSC with most people describing him as an embodiment of the aspirations of the people of Mzuzu.

“The actions of the Minister Symon Vuwa-Kaunda have shown that he is a true son of our land. He is a patriot and a sensitive person who understands the needs and aspirations of his people. By blocking the death of KSSSC, Vuwa has shown all of us that he puts his people first,” commented one Ziliro Mchulu.

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Citizen
Citizen
2 years ago

So who approved it in the first place? could this be done without government approval? Come on!!!

bwenubwe
bwenubwe
2 years ago

Mzuzu has missed an opportunity here, i understand we (youth) already have a land to construct MZYC just behind Grand palace. something that the government is not coming to light about how and where the funds are. my opinion/point is, the hotel construction could have brought Job opportunities and beauty to our green city along with competition among tourism sector, now that we have MIT (mzuzu campus) am sure it would have been a training ground for our fellows depending on government agreement with the hotel owners.. check out prices of GP hotel its so expensive am sure coz competition… Read more »

SAUNDERS
SAUNDERS
2 years ago
Reply to  bwenubwe

My friend, those are not true Investors, they are the Local amwenyes trying to grab prime land from Malawians to establish themselves. They are into property development now encroaching into places reserved for Malawians. Mzuzu has vast of undeveloped land, why should an a true investor choose a School sports ground? Corruption at the City Council. It is the same here in Blantyre, like in Mpingwe near Namatapa which was designed to be for Malawians, Blantyre City Assembly, planning dept staff are selling the plots to Limbe Asians taking away from Malawians and City Assemblies workers have found business in… Read more »

MASO ENA
MASO ENA
2 years ago

SINANGA MA SHARES ASOKONEKERA, INVESTOR ANAKANA KUPANGA RELEASE COMMISSION!!

Ndani
Ndani
2 years ago

If MCC wanted to allocate another place close to the same, and if the hotel owners would have been responsible for the construction of the new sports facilities…..then this is a missed opportunity

Myangwe
Myangwe
2 years ago

Anthuwa ndi anzeru ndithu,zimangovuta

KATAWA
KATAWA
2 years ago

For once Vuwa has done the Mzuzu people pride

M'Malawi
M'Malawi
2 years ago

I don’t support DIPHWIPHWI. But here kudos to Vuwa. Public national interests were at stake here. Allocate another piece of land for the said hotel

Achalume
Achalume
2 years ago

Mwaganizako ngati anthutu this time

Chair
Chair
2 years ago
Reply to  Achalume

Ngati pali chinthu chanzeru chomwe Vuwa wapanga ndie ndi chimenechi. Keep it up!!!

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