Mzuzu City Council (MCC) is planning to construct a K1.5 billion complex to alleviate shortage of office space.
Its civic centre embodies a ruined foundation of a similar project abandoned by a contractor almost 21 years ago.
But Treasury has revived the dashed hopes by injecting K700 million towards the construction of a three-storey, one-stop centre near Sunbird Mzuzu, almost 500 metres from ruins of the forsaken foundation.
MCC spokesperson Karen Msiska said the council has already submitted designs to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development for approval.
Construction will commence as soon as the plans are approved and funds remitted, he said.
“The existing building is old and the offices were built for a small workforce. The council is growing and so is demand for space,” said Msiska.
He ruled out another white elephant, saying it has the backing of government.
Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development spokesperson Muhlabase Mughogho asked for more time to source fine details of the project. n