Blantyre City Council (BCC) has said phase III of the Masauko Chipembere Highway project is set to resume at the end of this month as the contractor has already been identified and the signing of the contract took place on October 30.
The third phase, from Yiannakis Rouandabout to Standard Bank Limbe Branch, will be upgraded to dual carriage way. In Limbe central business district, the project will include upgrading of the one-way Livingstone Avenue up to the roundabout near Illovo Sugar (Malawi) Limited head office.
Presenting a report from the chief executive’s office to be considered and adopted by councillors during the first ordinary council meeting held at the council chamber on Thursday, BCC chief executive officer Ted Nandolo said the amount made available for the phase is about $6 million (about K3 billion).
“The final phase will start from Yiannakis Roundabout going through Limbe up to Illovo Roundabout. The contractor, World Kaihatsu Kogyo Company Limited [WKK] will be available by the end of the month,” he said.
Nandolo also reported to the meeting that vehicles for the mayor and deputy mayor have been procured. He said the mayor’s official vehicle, Kia Sorento, has been delivered whereas that for the deputy mayor is yet to be supplied due to some delays in registration.
He said the mayor’s vehicle is worth K29 million while the deputy mayor’s vehicle, a Toyota Corolla, is valued at K19 million.
Blantyre City deputy mayor Wild Ndipo, making a statement on behalf of mayor Noel Chalamanda who was not present at the meeting, commended the council members for their dedication and zeal shown in attending various committee meetings and asked them not to become complacent but rather, strive to become agents of meaningful change in their communities.
Ndipo said while the ‘Keep Blantyre City Clean and Green’ campaign was launched last Saturday, it is pleasing to note that the residents and the corporate world are all eager and willing to work with the council in transforming Blantyre into a beautiful, clean, and green city it once was.