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The government has warned people that have encroached into land reserved for public infrastructure development to vacate it.

Lands, Housing and Urban Development Minister Kezzie Msukwa said this in Mangochi when he inspected 15 Malawi Police Service (MPS) personnel houses that are being constructed at Malamya Police Mobile Service Camp in the district.

“We are concerned that some people are deliberately constructing houses on government land as a way of forcefully grabbing it from the government. Such cases are on the rise in the country but this government will not tolerate that.

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“We will remove such people from the land and destroy structures they have erected without compensating them because they are doing that illegally,” Msukwa said.

The minister said he was impressed with the quality of work on MPS houses that are under construction.

“We expect that contractors in other districts will be through with construction works in October this year. As for Mangochi District, there is an indication that the contractor will complete work ahead of schedule because some of the houses have already been roofed.

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“The Karonga District project is the only one I can describe as a disaster, in terms of the pace of construction, but we will make sure that, as President Lazarus Chakwera has been saying, the projects become a success,” he said.

Traditional Authority Chowe said seven hectares of land had been secured, meaning that everything was set for construction of police personnel houses at Malamya.

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