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The Victoria avenue is Blantyre's backbone road The Victoria avenue is Blantyre's backbone road courtesy of

Driving in Malawi's commercial city a nightmare motorists say

Written by  Timothy KATETA Feb 04, 2016

Motorists in Malawi’s commercial hub have described driving around the city’s CBD as a complete nightmare.

Capital FM’s walk around Blantyre has observed that the said commotion occurs particularly during peak hours.

Motorists have to cope with snaking queues especially from Midima Round about in Limbe as well as from Catholic Institute down to Victoria Avenue, the city’s backbone road.

The same can be said of the route that leads from H.H.I down to the clock tower round about.

Residents have on numerous occasions asked the city fathers to do something about the situation as most of the feeder roads are in an equally appalling state.

This has been worsened by the rains which have been falling over the past few days.

Another nagging challenge has been that of inadequate parking space, which has over the years led to motorists adopting a double parking system on some avenues such as Chilembwe road, Henderson Street as well as Glyn Jones road.

Blantyre City Council (BCC) officials have repeatedly assured Malawians that the issue is being taken care of, though there is little to show on the ground.

The council recently received funding of about MK9 Billion from the government of Malawi to rehabilitate some of the roads in the city.

Blantyre is Malawi's centre of finance and commerce, and its second largest city, with an estimated 1,068,681 inhabitants as of 2015.

The city supports small expatriate population of about 25,000, mainly from the United Kingdom, the rest of Europe, and South Africa.


Located 241 kilometers  from the capital Lilongwe, Blantyre has a reasonably well-developed system of physical and social infrastructure including roads, reticulated water, electricity, sanitation, fire protection, health, education and commercial and recreational facilities. These essential services are characterised by many problems especially low level of coverage, poor state of maintenance and disrepair, frequent disruption of service and management shortcomings


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