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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 09:22

Plans for Lunzu Industrial Park on course

Written by  Solister Mogha
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Blantyre, March 6, 2019: Plans for the establishment of the new Lunzu Industrial Park in Blantyre are still in the pipeline, District Commissioner (DC) for Blantyre, Bennett Nkasala has disclosed.

Nkasala was speaking on Thursday during an interface meeting between the council and traditional leaders at Chisenjere, the headquarters of Senior Chief Kapeni in the district.

He said despite that the programme for the park started in 2016, discussions were still underway as to when the ground work should start as well as the designs for the proposed site.

Nkasala dismissed the rumour making rounds within the area that government was planning to relocate people from the proposed site without compensation and without notice.

“Yes, it true that there is a proposal to have the area as an industrial site within Lunzu where factories will be established with the aim of enhancing economic growth and create employment opportunities,” the DC said.

Nkasala said all the necessary procedures were being followed and once everything was finalised, government would announce details of the whole project through the district council.

“Let me also emphasise that government cannot do things without consulting the people involved or affected and there is no way such a big programme can happen without notice and compensation.

“For the time being, relax and we will come to announce about the whole programme later on,” Nkasala added.

The DC said apart from contributing to the improvement of foreign currency through exports, many people stand a chance of benefitting from the industrial site in a form of employment.

“Government has always been talking about creating jobs and industrialisation is one such sector that if prioritised and supported could solve problems of unemployment. Apart from that, the district and Lunzu, in particular, stand a chance to develop as industrialisation brings about development,” he said.

Senior Chief Kapeni commended the Council for the insight asked for a proper plan to be developed, especially where people from the proposed site would be relocated to, their compensation and the direct benefit to the community.

“We would not want to witness a repeat of what happened in 1962 when people were moved out of the then Mandala to this place. There was total humiliation and people did not benefit anything out of that plan,” he claimed.