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MHC to construct 15 thousand houses in five years’ time

Written by  Solister Mogha
Some of the houses being constructed by MHC..Pic by Solister Some of the houses being constructed by MHC..Pic by Solister

Blantyre, January 30, 2019: The Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) says it will from next year build 15,000 houses, Chief Executive Officer, Eunice Napolo revealed Thursday.

Speaking at Ngumbe in Blantyre when the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Jean Kalirani visited some structures the corporation is erecting, Napolo said this is one way of easing the growing demand for  decent and affordable houses.

“We are mandated by the government to provide Malawians with decent and affordable houses. Therefore to fulfill this mandate, we will be adding 15,000 more houses come 2020.

“Plans for the proposed structures are already done and as I speak, we have submitted our financial proposals to the Ministry of Finance and partners,” said Napolo.

In the 2018/19 financial year, Napolo said the corporation will construct 200 houses in all parts of the country.

“We are constructing 40 houses here at Ngumbe and other houses are being constructed in various districts. We are sure that by the end of this year, all the 200 houses should be completed,” she said.

In her remarks, Dr Kalirani said government was impressed with the pace at which the corporation was constructing its houses.

The minister also described the design and quality of MHC houses as something that Malawians deserved.

“My visit to MHC was to appreciate the works of the corporation. I am happy to note that MHC is making significant strides in developing more housing units to alleviate the ever-growing demand for housing.

“You will agree with me that every person requires shelter as it gives a feeling of wellbeing and helps in maintaining the will to survive. My appeal to MHC is that it should deliver more units as per its mandate and vision which is providing shelter, safety and comfort to the nation,” the Minister said.

Kalirani said government will continue supporting the housing corporation so that it delivers more housing units.

“The amendment of the MHC Act and assenting to the Act by the president is a testimony to his commitment to the housing industry. The amendment Act has triggered a lot of expectation from all stakeholders throughout Malawi,” the Minister said.

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