Kasungu Municipality has positioned itself to attain secondary city status.
Acting Chief Executive Officer for the Municipality, Isaac Mkandawire, told MBC that in the meantime they are engaging the private sector to establish small industries in Kasungu to ensure there are befitting structures for the yet-to-be-secondary city as well as create job opportunities.
‘’Currently, we are reviewing our development plan documents, engaging the private sector to come and invest in Kasungu as well as upgrading earth roads to bitumen standard with finance from Roads Fund Administration,’’ Mkandawire said.
He added that secondary cities are critical for regional development and service provision to enhance economic transformation.
Meanwhile, traders and road users in the municipality have since welcomed the upgrading of the roads. One of the traders, Zebron Nkhoma, said new roads will facilitate movement of goods and services which will also help Kasungu to attain the secondary city status.
Other secondary cities are expected to be built in Karonga, Nkhatabay, Chipoka in Salima, Liwonde in Machinga, Monkey Bay in Mangochi, Luchenza in Thyolo and Bangula in Nsanje.
Reported by Austin Fukula.