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What Malawians only watch on television could finally find its way into the country should Chitipa District Council’s plans of introducing motor racing in Misuku Hills materialise.

According to wikipedia.org, car racing, also known as motor racing, is a motorsport involving the racing of cars for competition and has existed since the invention of the automobile.

Chitipa could be one of the most ideal places for the sport in the country as it is a mountainous district.

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The council’s Director of Planning and Development MacMillan Magomero said the move is aimed at turning Chitipa into a world class tourist attraction site.

Speaking during an engagement Chitipa and Karonga district councils had with Vice President Saulos Chilima on Tuesday, Magomero said the move would also help in boosting their revenue base.

The meeting was aimed at getting quarterly reports on reform areas which the councils submitted to the Veep five months ago.

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Magomero said the plan is being marketed through a documentary showcasing what the district has in terms of tourism.

“We also did a separate documentary for Misuku Hills. This is one of the areas that need to be sold on the tourism market because it has great potential. Car racing is one of the activities that we are marketing in the documentary. We are making progress and many players on the market are giving us ideas on how best we can implement our plans.

“We believe the car racing competition will bring many people to Chitipa from different parts of the world. We are fully aware that development is a process and we are doing this in phases. The first phase will be to look at the road network from Chendo and Kapoka all the way to Misuku Hills. The place has to have a good road network for easy accessibility,” he said.

Chilima described the car rally as an amazing idea.

“This is a brilliant idea. Other councils should emulate Chitipa’s example of thinking out of the box. We need such ideas if the tourism sector is to be revitalized,” he said.

Chilima, who is also Minister of Public Sector Reforms and Economic Planning and Development, is holding quarterly review meetings with local councils in the country’s three regions while also meeting the Public Service Review Taskforce which he chairs.

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