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Three ministries to occupy new capital hill offices

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Malawi government has said three ministries are expected to occupy new offices currently under construction at Capital Hill in Lilongwe.

The new building will be occupied by ministries of Gender, Labour and Industry and Trade.

According to both government and consultants, the building will be completed by February next year.

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When he visited the site this week, Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Atupele Muluzi, said he is optimistic that the project will be completed by the new deadline.

“We are expecting three ministries to be housed here, and it will ease pressure in terms of rentals that government has to fork out ever year. I think this is a very good quality building,” Muluzi said.

He added: “This building has taken a long time to be completed. It is a concern for us because we had expected this building to have been completed some years ago but it has taken some time. I have come here specifically to get assurances from the contractor with regards to when the building will be ready for occupation. I have been assured that the deadline date is February 2016,” Muluzi said.

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Project Architect, Bernard Zingano, said despite the hurdles, they will beat the new deadline.

“Cashflow has been a problem for this project. The other issue is that this building is different from the other buildings at Capital Hill. It has five storeys and two lifts in there. Manufacturing of lift start after an order is pressed. This, therefore, takes a long time. We have assured the ministry that by end of February next year, this building will be ready for occupation,” Zingano said.

Recently, Malawi Properties Investment (Mpico) Limited sealed Ministry of Gender offices after government failed to pay its rentals for Gemini House. But following negotiations between government and the company, the ministry was allowed access to the building.

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