As Malawi is celebrating 52 years of independence today, others have argued there is not much to celebrate about when it comes to infrastructure development.
Since the country attained its independence much has not been done in terms of improving the quality of buildings in the country.
Head of Department of Land Economy and Quantity Surveying at University of Malawi’s the Polytechnic, Roderick Chilipunde, said the country’s major problem is government’s failure to follow the planning procedures that were designed when a building proposal is approved.
“Our city councils are failing us a lot. You see funny buildings in the cities and one wonders who approved such a building in this day and age? If planning and the set standards are followed by the council when approving the buildings the country’s town planning would improve greatly,” he said.
Chilipunde further said the chaos of not following proper planning procedures in the infrastructure development started when multiparty was endorsed in the country.
“During the one party system, Malawians were disciplined to the standards set by the then President Hastings Kamuzu Banda. People misunderstood the freedom that came with multiparty because to them it translated as they can do what so ever they want. And in this corruption era we are living in, it is hard to have everybody doing the right thing,” he explained.
Barely a week before July 6 government came out in the open to announce that this year the usual July 6 celebrations will not take place due to the current economic hardships the country is facing.