By: Thula Chisamba
Malawians have urged the Mzuzu City Council (MCC) to consider improving the bus depot, which they said is in a dilapidated state.
Speaking in random interviews with The Malawi star on Sunday, most people reminded the city council that the bus depot is very old and needs urgent attention.
Thomas Mulawuzi who is a regular commuter and has been using the same depot for 15 years, urged the city council to remember the depot citing it is one of the imperative sites in the city.
“Much as they have tried their best in making the place clean, they must consider improving the place to in order to make it presentable,” said Mulawuzi.
Another concerned citizen, Daniel Nkosi observed that with the growing population of bus companies in the country, the depot is becoming small every day.
There is congestion in the depot and it is something that has also resulted into high crime rate in the depot.
“They must find a way forward because the depot is really small,” said Nkosi.
The Malawi star understands that in a bid to reduce the said congestion in the depot, the council recently relocated all minibuses from the same. Previously, all minibuses departed from the Mzuzu main market. However, congestion problems are still rocking the facility.
Reacting to the concerns, Chief Executive Officer for the council Maclaud Kadam’manja, told this publication that his council has adequate plans already in place to eradicate these problems.
He said as a council, they realize the importance of the bus depot hence plans are already in place to improve the same soon.
“According to our plans to transform Mzuzu city by 2018, we already included the improvement of the depot and people must never worry about that,” said Kadammanja.
In a related development, Kadammanja revealed that the city council has now secured a suitable place where Matayifa market will be relocated.