After missing deadlines for some time, the Malawi government has announced that construction of Mzuzu youth centre complex will begin next year in March.
Speaking with Malawi24, minister of sports, labour, youth and manpower development Henry Mussa said all hindrances to the commencement of the project have been sorted out.
“We are aware of the delay but next year we will roll out the project by any means. Currently, preparations are going on well,” he said.
According to Mussa, the project has taken so much time owing to some financial hiccups the Malawi government has been facing in the past years.
He said, currently, they have managed to source funds for the project and construction will start and end in time.
“We have already identified the contractor. He will come from China and those in Mzuzu, you will see them visiting the construction site soon,” he added.
Malawi24 understands that the Malawi government already acquired a place near Grand Palace Hotel where the youth centre will be built.
On his part, director for Youth and Society Charles Kajoloweka urged government to walk the talk on the issue saying there has been much delay.
Mzimba north youth Officer Samuel Gondwe described the announcement of the construction date as exciting news because it has installed hope in most youth in Mzuzu.
He equally urged authorities to speed up the process of constructing the structure so that young people can find something to do.
Once completed, the complex is expected to comprise of a library, computer lab and other sports facilities, which will help the youth in various ways.
Currently, youth in Mzuzu have no reliable youth centre where they can interact and learn things.