KIPS Renovations Were Illegal

Renovations that were taking place at Kips Restaurant in Blantyre at the time the building collapsed on May 17 killing some workers in the process were illegal, a report released by the Malawi Institute of Engineers has revealed.

The report says the building was constructed in 1955 and was earmarked for demolition in the 1990’s in the red star campaign.

“This building was earmarked for demolition and therefore it was illegal for the council to allow partial renovations on the building,” reads the report in part.

But Blantyre City Council officials have distanced themselves from the findings, saying they had not given a go ahead despite the request from the owner.

Director of Blantyre City Council of planning and estates services Costly Chanza says the council should not take the blame for the accident.

“We can not take the blame because as a council we did not authorize the renovations despite the fact that the owner had requested that,” said Chanza

The accident occurred on Tuesday 17 May, killing four people including owner of the business. Several others were injured.

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