Speaking to the press after touring some projects in the city, Mutharika said this is just the beginning and his dream is to restore the lost glory of Blantyre as a commercial hub of the country.
He warned that contractors doing substandard risk not being paid their dues till they make up for the projects in question.
“ It’s very impressive, I am so glad to see the work that has been done, high quality work and this is what we expected of this particular contractor Mota Engil. Like I have said before, contractors who are going to be doing substandard work,now I am not going to pay them.
"They have to redo the work. Otherwise am very excited with the developments. However, all these good efforts are being delayed by the so called demonstrations,” said Mutharika.
He said the construction of the dual carriage way from Blantyre to Chileka will ease congestion on the roads. He also hinted that in near future there’s possibility that Government will construct an overpass road.
He said: “This development will ease congestion. Am hoping that from the clock tower going all the way to the robots at Victoria Avenue up to Mount Soche Hotel and back to the clock tower we can have an overpass road. That can be done because that road is too narrow and it cannot expand with all those buildings so the best is to do an overpass and with technology around we can do it as other countries have done.”
Some of the roads completed or under construction in Blantyre City are BCA road, Ndirande - Makata road, Clock tower to Kameza round about dual carriage way,Chimwankhunda- via -zion road and Limbe –Manje road.
Mutharika also inspected the newly built five star hotel in Blantyre, Sogecoa.
President Mutharika inspecting the five star hotel in Blantyre
“We wanted a five star hotel in Blantyre that has a conference centre. They agreed to build it here. I am very excited its part of revitalization of Blantyre. This hotel is going to create job opportunities for many Malawians. Next is a twenty story office tour. This will be near Mount Soche Hotel. This will be the tallest building in Malawi. We are working on that now and we want to rebuild this city to its lost glory.”
From Sogecoa,Mutharika inspected Democratic Progressive Party’s office building in Sunnyside. The party’s Regional Governor Charles Mchacha and Vice President for the Southern Region, Kondwani Nankhumwa took the President round the campus and explaining how the party intends to develop the place to be a fully fledged office site.
Addressing party supporters Mutharika said DPP is a strong party and they need to rally behind it. He urged the party to organise rallies to thank people and encourage them that DPP is a strong party.
His last stopover was at Blantyre market where he bought various food items, Irish potatoes, fish and vegetables.
APM buying vegetables from vendors at Blantyre market
The President said vendors form an integral part of the economy. He promised them that his administration will keep working with them and supporting them with loans to boost their businesses via established agencies like Malawi Enterprise Development Fund (MEDEF).