People who were compensated to pave the way for the construction of a Mzuzu University (Mzuni) campus at Choma have asked government to give them an additional K3 million for failing to provide land for them to relocate to.
The residents also want to use the extra funds for transport when moving from Choma, among other things.
In a letter dated June 20 2017 addressed to Mzimba district commissioner Thomas Chirwa, the residents say since their properties were assessed in January 2013 but payments were made in 2015 and 2016, they are claiming interest accrued from the delayed payment of their compensation.
“Since government has failed to identify another area for people’s resettlement, we would like to humbly ask you, sir, to consider paying compensation instead. As you will appreciate sir, land has become scarce and expensive so much so that small and feeble compensations which we received for our buildings and fruits cannot in anyway cover the cost of land which has become so dear to the owners.
But Chirwa yesterday said he was yet to get the letter.
He, however, said he will check the initial arrangements to see if there are issues that need his attention.