Mzuzu City Council(MCC) has unveiled plans to relocate the city’s main market and bus station to Dudunzu to pave the way for investors to erect modern structures at the city centre.
MCC chief executive officer Mcloud Kadam’manja told journalists last Thursday, after a media tour of infrastructure projects being implemented by the council, that due to increased population over the years, the market and bus depot have become small and congested.
“In the past, the area was adequate for a market and bus station; but if you observe today, the two facilities are now congested and the place is no longer suitable for a market and bus station.
“So, it is in our plans that we should relocate the market and bus station to near Dunduzu Roadblock,” he said.
Kadam’manja added that structures earmarked for the area vacated by the two facilities are multi-storey buildings.
“We want all new commercial buildings constructed within the city centre to have at least four storeys. In so doing, we will create space and our city will look beautiful,” he said.
The CEO’s sentiments come against a backdrop of residents’ long wait for the relocation of Mzuzu Airport to pave the way for investment in multi-storey buildings.
Kadam’manja said the Ministry of Transport and Public Works has already given a go-ahead to relocate the airport.
“Soon we will have a joint meeting with our colleagues in Mzimba [M’mbelwa District Council] where we will discuss and identify a proper place for the airport within Ekwendeni area,” he said.
Mzuzu City has very few multi-storey buildings with the newly constructed six storey Reserve Bank of Malawi branch being the tallest.
Dunduzu Roadblock is eight kilometres north of Mzuzu City is likely to be a challenge to access for some residents.