Calls to finish construction of Lirangwe-Chingale Machinga road resurface

Residents worry of the road's condition

People living along Lirangwe-Chingale Machinga road have urged government and other wellwishers to collaborate in constructing a long-waited road to reduce transportation challenges the area is facing.

The plea has been made recently when the Center for Social Concern (CfSC) mobilized chiefs and other duty bearers to hear their grievances concerning the road, among the attendees were Sub TA Nkapita of Chingale, Zomba CSOs, and Machinga Chingale Taskforce among others

CfSC Programs Manager Bernard Mphepho told Nthanda Times in an interview that the interaction which involved the Ministry of Transport and Public works with citizens provided a platform for transparency and accountability.

“Such meetings minimize gaps between citizen and government as you have heard people have expressed their worries to the relevant authorities, they are going with hope, so as Center for Social Concern, we are happy and we are looking forward to seeing those promises fulfilled,” he said.

Mphepo: CfSC looks forward to the completion of the project

Speaking on the same, Kelvin Mphonda from the Ministry of Transport and Public Works assured the people that the ministry has set aside K3 billion to continue construction of the Lirangwe-Chingale Machinga road which started 13 years ago.

Mphonda however highlighted the funding is waiting for final approval from relevant offices.

Mphonda said the construction works of the road have been affected by the termination.

“The only challenge we had in the past years was the termination of the contract. Some contractors were on the ground, within a few months they terminate the contracts without proper reasons. Other setbacks were lack of money as you know sometimes we depend on donors but now I can assure you that we have identified another contractor and we have set money for almost nine roads including the Lirangwe-Chingale Machinga road,” explained Mphonda.

Residents of Lirangwe-Chingale Machinga road demonstrating outside Parliament building in March this year

Commenting on the same, Sub T/A Nkapita of Chingale showed dissatisfaction with the promise saying promises are made from time to time.

“I am not happy and my people are not happy. We will be happy when we see contractors on the ground,” he said.

Residents living along the Lirangwe-Chingale Mchinga road in March this year held a peaceful protest outside the Malawi Parliament to demonstrate their displeasure with the delay by the government to complete the construction of the road. Past governments have been failing to meet their promises to finish constructing the road which remains bumpy. 

The 62.3 kilometer road extends northwards, passing through Chingale and Chinseu Trading Centres in Zomba district and connects the Zomba Liwonde Road at Chingale Turn-off in Machinga.  

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