At least 24 people have been arrested by the Blantyre Police following a sweeping exercise conducted at Wenela Bus Depot and Blantyre City as a whole.
Blantyre Police Station Public Relations Officer, Augustus Nkhwazi said the sweeping exercise which took place on Friday was aimed at bringing sanity at Wenela Bus Depot especially for people travelling to and from various destinations.
Nkhwazi said the exercise was also meant to inspire confidence among city residents of safety and security of both their lives and property.
“Two of those arrested during the exercise namely Gracium Mbewe, 28, of Lifa Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Chigaru in Blantyre and Innocent Sitebo, 20, of Siweni Village in T/A Chapananga, Chikwawa will be charged with illegal selling of liquor which contravenes section 72 (1)(a) of Liquor Act.
The other 22 will be charged with touting which contravenes Regulation 8 (b) as read with Regulation 29 of the Road Traffic Act,” Nkhwazi said.
The police publicist said the suspects will appear before the court on Monday February 05, 2018 to answer to their respective charges.
The Blantyre City Council (BCC) has entered preliminary stages of constructing parkades in Malawi’s commercial capital towards addressing parking space challenges.
The Council has, through the Private Public Partnership Commission, started looking for a contractor to help in the designing and construction of the said structure.
The city has an acute shortage of parking space which has seen the council turning some of the roads into one way passages to create space.
On the other hand, the shortage is also exacerbated by companies occupying various buildings who have a tendency of barring public access to roadside parking within their premises.
Speaking to Capital FM, BCC’s Director of Leisure, Culture and Environmental Services Sylvester Mitini Nkhoma confirmed that processes towards the construction of the parkades have started.
Nkhoma however could not give specific details on when the actual construction works would commence.
Motorists that spoke to this reporter described the BCC’s plans as a welcome developed since finding parking space in the CBD is a nightmare they endure almost on a daily basis.
Meanwhile, the PPP Commission has started inviting proposals for Consultants to conduct a Feasibility Study on the same.
Poetry enthusiasts in Blantyre will on Valentines night be treated to romantic recitals by English poets at Kwaharaba Arts Café.
Blantyre residents will now be easily traced in their respective locations, thanks to the newly launched postal identification program.