Jenda-Edingeni road completition to delay – Minister

Government has confirmed that construction works of the long awaited Jenda-Edingeni road will not be completed by June this year as planned due to some technical challenges.

Kasaira: Delay

Kasaira: Delay

In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Friday, Minister of Transport, Roads Infrastructure and Public Works, Francis Kasaila said shortage of resources and proper mobilization between the government and the contractor had hampered the project.

“At first we did not have equipment in time and later we noticed some issues to do with the design of the road  plus shortage of  resources to give to the contractor thus in 2013 and it took us time to negotiate with the contractor,” Kasaila said.

“What is happening right now is that we are still having some negotiations with the contractor, when we are done we will come back to Malawians and tell them the exact time when they should expect the construction of the road to be completed, that will be very soon and I can assure the general public on that one,” he added.

Commenting on the progress of the Lumbadzi-Chezi road in Lilongwe which commenced in 2013 and was supposed to be completed by 2014 December, Kasaila said the project was stopped due to financial problems.

“The Lumbadzi-Chezi road could have been finished by now but it also succumbed to financial challenges hence its zero progression. Right now the government is trying to negotiate with the contractor so that the work on this road should recommence and we are assured that this will be done,” said the minister.

The Jenda –Edingeni road commenced on 16th December 2013 the contractor is China Rail Number 5 Group while Lumbadzi –Chezi road is being constructed by Silicone.

Roads infrastructure development is among the top priorities of the DPP government and among other roads under construction apart from Jenda-Edingeni road and Lumbadzi-Chezi road are, Zomba-Jali –Migowi road and Nkhoma-Kamphata roa

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Malindima
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The problem is that one of the main reasons used is the number of vehicles that use a given road to be constructed. Where there are too many vehicles, priority goes to those roads. That’s why some of these projects are stalling.

mbuli ya ku south and central
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mbuli ya ku south and central

The roads in Malawi are pathetic. I was in Malawi for Xmas and the amount of pot holes and bad roads e.g. Lake shore Rd is too much. From UDF, DPP and PP all useless people. It was embarrassing taking my zambian wife around malawi and see the so called devolpment. I left malawi under MCP and we have gone backwards. The so called shopping mall is pathetic not to mention toilets in lilongwe OMG.

Malindima
Guest

Which part of Africa do you stay? If in Zambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania then the potholes you encountered are right there and not in Malawi only. I have lived in these countries and if you go in townships and other remote areas, it is frustrating to drive through the potholes. I can’t waste my time being detailed but since you claim to have married a Zambian woman, there is nothing strange because her country’s roads are even worse with potholes.

ujeni
Guest

All these roads, if there end point was Thyolo or Mozambique, money would have been allocated and available but being a country ran by mitu bii Mozambicans, excuses after excuse until 50 years will pass in this small country

Just a question?
Guest

Numbers 1 and 2, is Lumbadzi=Chezi road in the North?

Kenn
Guest

Kaya, misewu yoyamba nthawi ya kampeni imavuta kumalimadzitsa.

davido
Guest

There is no issue of tribalism here,people you must understand the main cause before you say anything . pali misewu yambiri inayambika kalekale koma sinamalizidwe.

Bristol
Guest

I would like to thank the Minister of Transport & Public Works for the feedback. I know him an honest man. Please, continue to give feedback to the people of Malawi so that we know any progress on roads construction happening in this country.

I write to ask my fellow Malawians that we should desist to look at issues from regional point of view – United we should as a nation to enjoy the fruits of development.

KING SOLOMON
Guest

A FOOLISH MAN STARTS BUILDIN A HOUSE WITHOUT FORSEEN SOURCE OF MONEY.THE FACT HERE IS REGIONALSM AT PLAY.NO MONEY???.MR KASAILA WHO SENT U TO FOOL WHO?.JUST SAY THE DELAY IS COZ DE ROAD IS IN NORTH OF MW.NEGOTIATE WITH CHINESE? NEGOTIATE WHAT?

diesel
Guest

There is no business at edingeni please concentrate on other roads and not pleasing the mbelwa regime

Kapenandiye
Guest

Tribalism? No!!! I think u don’t follow issues, Zomba Jali Phalombe Chitakale Road, chiringa chiradzulu road, thyolo thekerani nsanje road just to mention a few are all iin the south come and visit them to see if there is any progress. All these have stalled for some time now but we don’t make noise as u do up there. What i undrestand now is that northerners are more tribalistic than any region.

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