By Wanangwa Banda
Current affair’s investigative reporter is in possession of the barter trade agreement of the whole project,below is what he is uncovered.
The previous regime in an effort to develop the town structures of Lilongwe, which is the capital city of Malawi, signed a barter trade agreement with Worldwide Construction Company for it’s land located at Plot # 2/017 and 2/683.The land has total hectarage of 20.174 and it is situated in Area 2, where the ‘C’ Division of Malawi Police Service is located.
The agreement entails that the police office will be relocated to a designated and a more suitable location outside of the town whereas in its place an uptown office complex befitting the city’s infrastructural plans will be elected. Furthermore, the construction company will build more decent houses for police officers from Area 30,47,6 and 2.
The construction company will therefore foot all construction expenses and handle all human resources requirements in the building and relocation process. This means that they will not be taking over the land freely, instead they will be paying the Malawi Government in full and in kind through.
-The construction of 140 three bedroom dwelling houses,office blocks,an armoury, a shooting driving range,a garage plus inspection pit,Parade and Football ground and few multi purpose halls at suggested sites.
– To Construct 160 three bedroom dwelling houses at the National Police HQ at Area 30.
-To construct desegregated hostels for up to 150 Males and 150 Females at Area 6 ,that will accommodate up to eight persons per room plus a car park that accommodates four armed vehicles.
It must be noted and acknowledged, the construction company will fully have ownership of the land after the completion of the new police and office premises is accomplished at designated locations. And after the police force and have completely relocated. That is 3 to 5 years from now.
The two ministries in conjunction with the Anti-corruption bureau have shown their interest to review the terms and conditions under this legally binding contract signed a year ago.
The minister of lands has said “they’re only interested to follow through with the Phase 1,as the project has arleady commenced.”Our reporter has been told the Ministry is yet to officially and formally notify the construction company of their intent to scrutinize the contract further through the office of Attorney General.
Before the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, between Malawi Government and the Construction company,different stakeholders were invited for discussions and input,Legal advisory team from the police,from Malawi Government, Lilongwe City Council and local residents were involved in this matter. The negotiations took almost 2 years before the mutual agreement was reached.
Currently the project is underway and Millions of Kwachas have already been invested.
As it stands,perhaps it maybe possible to amend a few things but it is doubtful if the contract can be cancelled or amended in its entirety, otherwise it will be abreach of contract on the Government side, that may translate into an expensive lawsuit.According to the infrastructure development plans the construction company has for the land,the town will have new face uplift and a beauty beyond imagination.
Not forgetting the many jobs that will be created before,during and after the building projects. The affordable and decent housing and office space it will give to common Malawians,words can never explain.More details to follow.