Operation Red star campaign: 130 Shops to be demolished

Written by  Sam Phiri

The campaign to demolish all the dilapidated shops that are an eyesore in Limbe and Blantyre is set to start in July this year.

Will this building survive? Will this building survive?

In the 1990s government ordered Blantyre City council (BCC) to demolish all dilapidated buildings in Blantyre and Limbe.

But there has been a general outcry that the city has failed to pounce on owners of such shops which are mostly occupied by Asians.

Infact since state president Peter Mutharika toured some of the listed shops on the 23 February this year there seems to be nothing on the ground.


But BCC director of Town planning Costly Chanza told MBC online that they are currently putting in place technical mechanisms that will support the exercise.


“We needed a taskforce in place comprising of different stakeholders like officials from surveyors, Malawi Confederation of Chambers and Commerce Industry (MCCCI) as well as representative of the Asian community,” said Chanza.


  Chanza Disclosed that since the campaign was kick started in the 1990s almost 38 percent of the buildings which were listed for destruction have so far faced their fate.






According to Chanza, the campaign which will run for almost six months intends to demolish over 130 shops that have not been repaired by their owners as well as those that still pose danger to the general public due to their aging materials.

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