Malawi government has started constructing a community college in Mangochi at a place which earlier this year, a grouping calling itself Concerned Muslims seized and turned it into a complex for Mangochi Muslim Jamaat, following reports that the place was being used by individuals.
Mangochi District Commissioner (DC), James Manyetera, explained in an interview that the K190 million project is expected to be completed mid next year depending on the availability of funds.
Manyetera said government is pleased to construct the community college in Mangochi in order to help the youth benefit from the project which President Peter Mutharika launched last year.
“The place for the college was identified by our office in consultation with other relevant authorities. Due to the urgency of the project, we used a single-sourcing method to identify the contractor to work on the project,” Manyetera said.
Among other sections, the college will have motor vehicle mechanic, plumbing, woodwork and electrical departments.
The construction of the college at a place formally belonging to the department of works has put to rest a protracted war about the ownership of the land, which some concerned locals claimed it belonged to them, while government on the other hand said the land belongs to it.
At the height of the fight, police arrested some locals who had occupied the land after evicting some tenants who were occupying some offices.
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