By Isaac Salima:
Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) plans to construct a block of flats to address the problem of shortage of land against the growing demand for houses in the country.
MHC Chief Operations Officer, Leslie Majawa, made the remarks in Blantyre when members of the Parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Corporations and State Enterprises toured Ngumbe area in Blantyre where MHC is constructing houses.
“Nowadays, it is expensive for us to get pieces of land to construct houses. So, we need more houses to accommodate a lot of people, hence the decision that, in the next five years, we will be constructing three or four-storey houses. This way, we can save a lot of resources,” Majawa said.
MHC has embarked on a house construction project in which it seeks to construct 240 houses across the country. The corporation is constructing 40 houses in Blantyre in the first phase.
“In the next phase, MHC will build 70 houses. We will be partnering private investors to construct 15,000 houses in the five-year period,” he said.
Vice chairperson of the parliamentary committee, Abu Naliwa, said MHC needs funds to ably carry out its duties.
“MHC is doing a good job of addressing housing challenges in the country. We are impressed with the progress made, so far, in Blantyre.
“However, we have observed that they [MHC] need more funds to implement their projects and we are going to do something on this,” Naliwa said.