Did you know that the Ministry of Lands rents its office space, and that the landlord, Mpico, recently shut the doors owing to nonpayment of rent? Isn’t it humiliating? All of this, however, will be a thing of the past as the Chakwera administration plans to construct two 20-story skyscrapers to house all of the ministries that are renting space.
According to the Minister of Lands, Sam Kawale, the twin towers which will be constructed by his Ministry, will be the tallest buildings in Malawi. He said this on Monday when he, accompanied by his Principal Secretary, Reyneck Matemba, and Director of Housing, Mr. Chiundira at Capital Hill, interfaced with the Minister of Finance, Sosten Ngwengwe, Minister of Transport, and Mrs. Colleen Zamba of Presidential Delivery Unit, and their officials to discuss the progress of the construction of the said towers.
“The Capital Hill Twin Towers, being constructed by the Ministry of Lands, will be the tallest buildings in Malawi. Each tower will have 20 floors and will accommodate all Ministries that are renting offices outside Capital Hill. About eight Ministries are renting offices in City Center,” said Kawale.
According to Kawale, “the Twin Towers will help the government reduce the cost of rentals it pays for office space, currently at over Seven Billion Kwacha per year,” adding that this will eliminate future unfortunate and embarrassing situations where Ministries will have their offices closed by landlords for late payment of rent.”
The Minister of Lands also pointed out that the “the Capital Hill Twin Towers will add beauty to the City as the buildings will have a modern design,” and that “the towers will also stand out as it will tower over all the buildings in the city, giving tourists a 360-degree view of Lilongwe.”