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Local Development Fund opens bus depot, modern market

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Local Development Fund (LDF) on Friday opened a K370 million Ntcheu Bus Depot before opening a K190 million Sadzi Modern Market in Zomba on Saturday.

The two structures are part of a group of structures that LDF is assisting district councils to build with financial assistance from Germany’s KfW.

For a long time, Ntcheu did not have a convenient bus depot while people of Sadzi, an area along Limbe- Zomba Road, were forced to sell and buy merchandise in grass-thatched shops and the structures come as a relief to the two communities.

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Speaking when he opened the two structures, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Kondwani Nankhumwa, emphasised the need for the two communities to take care of the structures.

Nankhumwa said vandalism is one of the vices that are dragging the country backwards and needs to be avoided at any cost.

“You have received this structure and it is now the turn of the community to take care of it. Vandalism and theft of some of the materials used, such as metals and wood, are a major problem which needs to be dealt with. We do not want to hear that this beautiful structure has been destroyed by vandals and thieves. Take care of it for this community to benefit more from LDF and other development partners,” Nankhumwa said in Ntcheu and Zomba.

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He also said the government looks forward to improving revenue in the councils that have benefited from the two projects.

Inkosi ya Makosi Gomani V said people of Ntcheu are happy with the new depot as the old one was small and did not provide space for economic activities while the new depot has shops which will support the financial growth of the people.

LDF Director responsible for Urban Development, Mike Moyo, said the fulfillment of Ntcheu District Council and Zomba City Council proposals in the improvement of people’s lives is an achievement that the Fund cannot take for granted

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