By: Caphus Limbie
Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima met northern region based Parastatal Organizations and Local Councils on Public Sector Reforms in Mzuzu this morning.
Chilima observed a number of issues that must be looked into which among them is Sunbird Mzuzu Hotel which its facilities are in a poor state and requires to be renovated with urgency.
“The conference facilities and rooms leave a lot to be desired. To say the least, the Hotel does not reflect what a hotel ought to be in 2020.As such, on behalf of His Excellency Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, President of the Republic, and on behalf of the Minister of Tourism, Dr. Michael Usi, I have directed that Sunbird Mzuzu Hotel be renovated as soon as possible just like Sunbird has done with some of its hotels.” Said Chilima
The Vice President was also appalled by the poor waste management in Mzuzu City. He therefore suggested to the council to strongly consider launching a Keep Mzuzu City Clean initiative where residents would be involved to save the city from its current state of affairs.
“Meanwhile, I am convinced that Mzuzu Airport still has the potential and capacity to handle aircraft that would export produce from the region such as coffee and beef in the short term arrangement. But for that to happen, the Council must liaise with the Department of Civil Aviation to construct a fence so that the Airport is no longer a footpath or a grazing area for Cattle and Goats.” Said the Vice President.
Chilima said he was delighted that relevant stakeholders on the issues that he has raised have shown willingness to act as soon as possible.
The Vice President will tomorrow engage northern region Private Sector and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) on Public Sector Reforms which are aimed at improving service delivery for the people of Malawi.