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Orton Chirwa Mausoleum project awaits funds

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CONTRIBUTED TO NATIONAL SOCIO-ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT—Chirwa

The government says construction works on the Orton Chirwa mausoleum have started in Nkhata Bay but completion will depend on resource availability.

Director of Mausoleums and Monuments Lovemore Mazibuko said, currently, the contractor is on site.

He said, if the K1.4 billion set for the project can be provided to implementers at once, works can take six months and weeks.

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Mazibuko was quick to say it might not be possible to complete the project this year because the government allocated around K300 million towards the works out of the budgeted K1.4 billion.

“The contractor gave us a timeframe of six months and two weeks, assuming we provide the resources at once. But the resources we have will only cater for part of it [the work] and we are sure that, in the next national budget, we are going to be given the remaining amount,” he said.

Spokesperson for the Chirwa family, Zengani Chirwa, said they are impressed with progress of the works.

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“Our father worked for the country and we say thank you [to the government] for honouring him,” Chirwa said.

President Lazarus Chakwera directed that a mausoleum be constructed for Chirwa in recognition of his contribution to national socio-economic development.

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