Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) has unveiled plans to construct 15 000 houses nationwide to meet demand, especially in urban areas.
MHC board chairperson Andrew Gadama disclosed this during the launch of its seven houses, valued at around K175 million, constructed in Area 18 in Lilongwe.
The three bed-roomed units have been constructed in a modern way with the master bedroom ensuite and fire-resistant ceilings.
“For some time we haven’t been constructing houses, but this is now the beginning of a journey that will see us constructing 15000 in four years,” he said.
There have also been complaints from existing tenants that, for a long time, MHC has not been rehabilitating the houses.
But Gadama said they have started the renovations.
“We have done 40 percent and by next year we want to have all our houses completed,” he said.
Meanwhile, a Lilongwe resident, Desmond Luwe, who attended the launch of the houses, has asked MHC to construct more houses.
“If MHC can build more than the 15 000 it has planned, it would really help reduce high demand for houses which has led to private house owners raising the rentals,” he said. n