Residents marvel over JB’s roads, electricity, water directive in Malawi’s capital city

Residents and property builders at the upcoming Area 49 sector 5 in Lilongwe have hailed President Dr. Joyce Banda’s directive that the Lilongwe City Council grades all roads immediately to pave way for utility companies to provide services.

The area in question is an upcoming built up middle class settlement with upmarket houses but with no roads and utilities.

“The President brought up an important issue. People spent huge sums of money to build homes but swerve in the bush to get home. Escom and waterboard are also undecided to power the new area,” said Akonda Matope resident of the new area.

Another resident, said with the directive by the President they expect the Lilongwe City Council to pave all the roads in the area by independence day, July 6.

JB issues presidential directive
JB issues presidential directive

“The President is fed up to hear of sad stories like these. One wonders what Engineers and City planners do at the LCC. Our independence has come, the President has brought us freedom. Freedom from sleeping in a mansion without electricity and water let alone access roads,” said Linda Mphaka.

President Banda took the Chief Executives of the Council, Lilongwe Waterboard and Escom by surprise by telling them of the problem the estate developers in the Area 49 sector 5 which they have neglected for over five years.

“There are people who built houses behind the place we are launching this project today but they have no roads, no water, no electricity…..this is unacceptable…” said President Banda.

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