Mzuzu City Member of Parliament Bennex Mwamlima has accused previous administrations of neglecting Mzuzu City.
He said, since the government declared Mzuzu as a city in 1987, there was nothing to show for that status, in terms of infrastructural development.
“No wonder, the majority of the city’s roads are small and bumpy. Few have been upgraded to bitumen standard and even those few are no longer capable of handling current levels of traffic,” Mwamlima, a Malawi Congress Party legislator, said.
He added that politicians had been capitalising on city residents’ longing for an international stadium, youth centre, airport, civic offices and bypass roads to win votes from people of the Northern Region.
“Currently, people just appreciate the name of Mzuzu as a city but there is nothing on the ground that would qualify it as a city,” Mwamlima said.
He pinned his hopes on the Mzuzu City Urban Infrastructure Master Plan, saying it would be key to uplifting the city’s status through infrastructural development.
President Lazarus Chakwera, speaking when he visited the Northern Region recently, said all the development projects promised by his administration would be implemented.