Construction of the much anticipated 100 houses for Karonga district’s police in Malawi is set to start soon. According to the Minister of Lands, Kenzie Msukwa, the lay out plan for the houses is already done by the building department and the ministry is currently procuring building materials, a process that will end in the next four months.
“We already have the design for the houses and the contractor will be identified soon. In the first phase, we are going to have fifteen units. Of the 15 units, three are for senior officers,” The minister said while at Ipyana Mobile Police Service Camp in Karonga a site where the government wants to construct the Police houses.
A commission of inquiry instituted by Karonga district commissioner Paul Kalilombe on clandestine land deals recently implicated three ward councillors including the council’s chairperson Stevn Simsokwe and some officials in land fraud.
“I am disappointed to hear that even councilors here are selling land illegally. This government will not tolerate that and will not spare anyone regardless of any party affiliation,” said Msukwa, who was accompanied by his deputy Abida Mia and the ministry’s Principal Secretary Wilson Mollen.
Paramount Chief Kyungu of Karonga and Chitipa thanked government for the seriousness it is showing in re-constructing the country that had many short-falls from the previous Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regime.
Kyungu said all security agents need descent houses. He assured the government of traditional authorities’ support towards any project government intends to implement in the area.