Blantyre City Council (BCC) has stressed the need for old buildings in Malawi’s commercial city of Blantyre to not be demolished during the red star campaign saying they act as places of cultural and historical value for the country.
Early this year President Peter Mutharika asked city councils in the country to improve their cities by demolishing old buildings in order to restore the cities’ lost glory.
Following a verification exercise the taskforce for the Red Star campaign carried out between the months of June and July this year, 161 buildings were marked for demolition in Blantyre.
However, old buildings like the old town hall were spared.
BCC public relations officer, Anthony Kasunda, said some old buildings will not be demolished as they act as places of cultural and historical value for the country.
“Some of the buildings like the old town hall is not targeted as they are monuments and we don’t have to destroy them as they are places of tourism sites,” said Kasunda.
He further said that the buildings are not supposed to be renovated because they are monuments and they have to be preserved.