Malawi government business especially in the ministries that are in Gemini house in Lilongwe have come to a stand still, following a move by Malawi Property Investment Company Limited – MPICO to close the premises.
Employers of various government ministries and departments were left outside the premises as they were denied access into their respective offices due to the development.
According to the notice posted by the company on the building’s entrance, the closure is with effect from Monday – July 28 until further notice.
Managing Director of MPICO – Peter Du Plessis refused to comment on the development but records show that the company had previously threatened to seal the building due to outstanding rental bills that government owes the firm.
Government has accumulated rentals of up to K2.9 billion; hence, Mpico’s issuance of eviction notices.
Spokesperson in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development – Nations Msowoya admitted to owe the private firm some money but said the move is unexpected as discussions between the two parties is underway.
”We are also very surprised because we have been in the building for years since it was constructed, so the action has really surprised us despite owing them money,” said Msowoya.
”Right now we are discussing with officials from Mpico and ministry of lands to try and find a solution to what has happened. I think it is very difficult to pre-judge a meeting, because if they have decided to close the office it means may be they are not giving chance to discussions,” he said.
Some of the government departments that use the building include; Ministry of Gender, Department of Trade and Industry and Department of Finance just to mention a few.