Musicians Lucius Banda and Mlaka Maliro have been listed to entertain fans during dinner and dance concerts organised to raise funds for the construction of Likoma Jetty.
One of the organisers Peter Chiwaula said they plan to raise K15 million of the K30 million budget during the two concerts.
Lack of a jetty in Likoma has been one of the major problems as it becomes hard for one to board or disembark the ship on the island. As such, locals took it upon themselves to start construction with K8 million.
Likoma District Council plans to inject K15 million for the second phase, with hope that the central government will take over the third phase, according to the district’s commissioner Charles Mwawembe.
However, the trust wants to completely start a new project, arguing that the jetty being constructed now is not feasible technically.
“The jetty which locals are constructing is temporary and it serves boats only. But we want something that is durable and permanent. As such, our engineers are working on the designs to be presented to the public during the events,” said Chiwaula.
Mlaka Maliro confirmed to perform during the concert, emphasising the importance of constructing a jetty on the island.
“I have been to Likoma several times for performances and witnessed how travellers suffer when boarding or disembarking the ship.
“I promise to give out a great performance during the concert for the love of the people in Likoma,” said Mlaka who will perform at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre.
Lucius Banda will perform at Sunbird Capital Hotel in Lilongwe.
Tickets for the dinner concerts are going at K18 000 single and K32 000 double.