VP Chilima visits flood prone areas  in Blantyre: Asks Council to vacate encroachers injunction


Malawian  Vice President Dr Saulosi Chilima on Thursday asked Blantyre City Council (BCC) to vacate an injunction obtained by people who encroached Soche Hill “with immediate effect” to reduce occurrence of accidents due to floods.

Chilima being shown the flood prone areas
VP Chilima visiting floods prone areas in Blantyre.-Photo by Mayamiko Wallace, Mana

Dr Chilima said this in Blantyre when he visited flood prone areas in Soche and Ndirande townships following the onset of the rains.

Government, through its relevant institutions such as BCC and Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC), ordered encroachers around Soche Mountain to vacate the place some years back, but the residents defied the orders by obtaining an injunction from the High Court.

However, Chilima wondered why BCC was failing to vacate the injunction for five years when it has a fully-fledged legal team that can do the needful on the matter.

“What I am saying here is that all people who encroached into Soche Mountain should be relocated with immediate effect. But what I hear is that people got injunction against the decision and it is now five years down the line.

“This place is a death trap and people need to be moved out to avoid loss of lives due to floods. When we lose lives due to national calamities no one can go to court to get injunction against the dead,” observed the Vice President.

BCC’s Deputy Director for Town Planning, Matthews Mwadzaangati said the council was doing all it could to remove the injunction and hoped shortly the matter would be water under the bridge.

“By the time the council made its determination of relocating the encroachers there were only 61 people, but now the figure has swelled since injunction was obtained five years ago.

“What we are fighting now is to remove the injunction,” said Mwadzaangati, adding that people would be relocated to Machinjiri Township when the injunction is vacated,” he said.

“Right now our hands are tied with injunction and we cannot do anything. But trust us sooner or later the injunction will be vacated,” he assured.


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4 years ago

Ngati kuli dziko loyendetsedwa ndianthu osadziwa chilungamo chaanthu ndiponso anthu omveramalamulo opusa ndikumalawi, ,
Government lobera anthu ake ndimalawi, ,
Amalawi ndianthu osafuna zambiri kuboma, ,,
Manyumba Amalawi amamanga okha koma cement ndi malata amakagula ku Tanzania poti kumalawi , mitengo yazinthu umaposa dziko linalilironse
Sopo ngwazambia, joburg
Mchere ngwakunja
Sugar ngwa joburg
Malaya ngatheba
Ili ndi Bvuto lalikulu

Yahya Yahya Jammeh
4 years ago

BCC has a very useless Lawyer. He is being paid for nothing. When you engage him in an argument, he doesn’t present logic and you wonder where he studied law. The situation the BCC is inm is as good as having no Lawyer at all. The Lawyers that the BCC employed worth their salt were the likes of Chirwa, late Takomana and late Don Alufandika.

Mzanga Dausi
Mzanga Dausi
4 years ago

Move them asp! Before they leave let them plant trees in those areas.

Also Mr Chilima, can I ask you to utilise prisoners to plant more trees this year.

Let us do something about the wreck that has been caused to our environment. Mathanyura has no teeth in his mouth he cant chew roast maize, so he doesn’t care and can’t think about our country.

4 years ago

We know kuti a Escom akufuna kugwetsa boma but they are using a wrong method coz they are victimising us and it’s taking longer,PAC do something

4 years ago

A PAC tithandizeni pa nkhani ya magetsi Ife tikugona in darkness ku Ndirande kuno,boma larephera kuchitapo kanthu,they are taking malawians for granted,yambitsani vigil yakathiti until they step down.tatopa nazo izi I we need change ,in Malawi we don’t want a party of darkness.Chonde a PAC tithandizeni

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