Not in a state to provide a conducive environment for council officers including the District Commissioner, the premises used to be a residential house for the first President of the Republic of Malawi, Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda.
As a result of the National Decentralization Program, a significant number of government officers are being deployed to the local councils and space has become a challenge.
Presiding over the ground breaking ceremony in Mzimba, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Kondwani Nankhumwa, said government is committed to providing a conducive working environment in all councils in the country.
"To motivate council staff to deliver on their mandate, government has embarked on a 2.5 billion Kwacha project to construct a four-storey office complex for M’mbelwa District Council."
The project being undertaken by DEC Construction Company, is expected to take 18 months to be completed.
And in Karonga District, the Minister officially opened a new six thousand-seater stadium constructed with funding from German Development Cooperation, KfW, to the tune of 610 million Kwacha, through the Local Development Fund, LDF.
"His Excellency the State President, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, would like to see this country especially the rural areas develop. This is one of the five stadia that have been constructed and completed in five councils across the country," Nankhumwa added.
In his remarks, the Executive Director for LDF, Charles Mandala, said he was satisfied with the quality of work by Malawian contractors.
"Except for the drainage outside the facility, Karonga Stadium has been well constructed. As LDF, we are impressed with the high quality work done by our local contractors in this project."
The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development concluded his official duties in the North by officially opening Nkhata Bay Bus Depot.
"Currently, Government is ensuring that all districts have modern bus depots. My Ministry has engaged an extra gear to encourage councils to think outside the box to come up with strategies to enhance revenue generation. I am delighted to officially open and hand over this bus depot which has been constructed with funding from KfW at a cost of 470 million Kwacha."
Added Nankhumwa, ‘A number of such economic and revenue boosting facilities are being put up across the country through various programs including the KfW funding through LDF’s Urban Window. I would therefore like to urge all councils to put every tambala they collect into proper use."
While in the lakeshore district, the Local Government Minister also inspected the new Nkhata Bay main market currently under construction.