The government has identified a site where the Orton Chirwa International Airport will be built in the city of Mzuzu.
The airport site has been identified at Lusangazi while another site at Dunduzu has been identified for the construction of an industrial park for the Malawi Investment Trade Center (MITC).
According to the Deputy Minister of Lands, Deus Gumba, projects like these are in line with the Malawi Vision 2063 which is currently being implemented by President Lazarus Chakwera emphasizing the importance of infrastructure development in the transformation of the country.
The paperwork is at an advanced stage as the assessment of the compensation of the people affected by the project has already been carried out and the project should start as soon as possible. On the other hand, the industrial park will be built on a land expanse of 53 hectares and the compensation assessment has already been done as well and the payment is expected to start soon.
Speaking during his visit to the two sites, Gumba said among other things that the two projects will contribute to job creation.
“Very soon, these compensation issues will be resolved. We discuss them with our Treasury colleagues. Assessments have already been done,” Gumba explained.
Mzuzu City Council Chief Executive Gomezgani Nyasulu hailed the communities for hosting the development projects.
“The next step is to do the final assessments and compensate the residents to enable them to move to other areas. The good thing is that the communities have welcomed the projects wholeheartedly,” he said.
The Ngulube village chief of Dunduzu called on the government to speed up the processes for launching the projects.
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