Lilongwe City Council, stakeholders fight over substandard road project

Various Stakeholders in the Capital City Lilongwe have ganged up against up grading of Independent Drive Road alleging that the work is substandard and not suitable to be at the foot of the City Centre.

Bikoko: We need proper road

Bikoko: We need proper road

Bisnowaty:  Need for dual carriage

Bisnowaty: Need for dual carriage

Japanese International Corporation Agency (Jaica) gave Malawi Government financial support for a dust free road which should act as an example to other cities. Jaica was to give extra funding to Malawi Government upon being satisfied with the first phase.

Just recently, some councillors held a press conference just within the roadside where they accused Lilongwe City authorities for going ahead with the project and in contrast with City and Town Planning

The development follows a myriad of challenges which has currently rocked the council in terms of its expenditure.

Councillor for Lilongwe Chigoneka Ward, Dr Desmond Bikoko, said: “We are not happy with the construction of this road we are looking ahead of twenty years from now. Our expectation is that we needed dual carriage road and not the single carriage as it is now.”
Another councillor from Tsabango ward, Williams Nguluwe concurred with Bikoko saying the councillors are very disappointed with the project.

Nguluwe said councillors would seek court redress to stop the project as a last option.

Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for Lilongwe City Centre David Bisnowaty has expressed concern over the substandard of work at the project site.

Bisnowaty has since urged the city authority to stop the project and do the dual carriage using contractors who will do the good job.

LCC chief executive Richard Hara refused to comment on the matter saying he was not there during the commissioning of the project. Hara said he has heard about the complaints.

Just recently it was revealed that while Lilongwe City Council is struggling financially, the council is paying K872, 759 for the Mayors vehicle Toyota Prado Registration Number SA 8188, Nyasa Times can reveal.

Nyasa Times  understands that on 22 August, 2014, the Lilongwe City Council signed a contract with the Lilongwe based Real Car Hire Company of Post Office Box 1598,  Lilongwe,  after the company emerged the lowest bidder among four quotations which the Council outsourced.

The City council has already paid out K1, 74558.00 for the month of August and September. According to sources at the Assembly Real Car Hire is charging daily fees of 13,700, on top of that, the council is walloping from the council K130 as millage fees while K3,400 is inserted on the bills as Insurance charges. This if calculated makes a sum of K872, 759.

According to the information gathered, the contract is sealed under the service ID of 087 under the TIPN 30929692.

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36 thoughts on “Lilongwe City Council, stakeholders fight over substandard road project”

  1. dzina langa says:

    most of the people in offices think like dogs. i hate these statement- ndili mmiting- i am new- i was not there- send me a questionare etc. it shows that most people are not working olo atavala ma necktie. only jumping from one miting to another kenako apite kunja azikanyenga mahule akunja. we need dual carriages in LL

  2. Nobel says:

    Check spelling for JICA and not JAICA please

  3. Ndani says:

    What is happening on the Independence drive is a disgrace of the highest order. I support the idea that this project must stop forthwith. Do we have people or cartoons at the Llong we City Assembly?

  4. Chisinsi DM says:

    I wished LCC had a mayor & councellors. I only know mayors for Mzuzu, Zomba & Blantyre.. Also disappointed with LCC Chief Exectuve sanganene kuti samadziwa bcoz he wasnt there when commissioning the road project. Ndiye amati mwina ndi potela ka ndenge ka madam kaja? Wake up LCC folks lolemba mukayambe kupala misewu ku Area 49 opposite new stadium apo bii mubwenza ndalama zanga za development charges. Dont say I didnt warn you!

  5. Vyapasi says:

    Wait a minute for God’s sakes! When was contract signed? Where were all these councillors? Who were deliberating the Mayors perks? There something here that does add up. Please make noise in the City Chambers just as Parliament does. But do not hold caucuses by the road side.
    And this guy, Bikoko, give updates on the projects you promised your constituents?

  6. Gogo Pitala says:

    Go to Lusaka and see what our friends are doing. The president lives here and cannot intervene at all. The only time he went out was when he went to sweep. It does not mean Peter does not know this place. He has been going to Masintha using the same routes. He even took a mini bus going to Likuni and look at what he is doing. Literally nothing and he does not seem to care at all. It is a question of intervening. We need dual carriages in most parts of Lilongwe now.

  7. KANUNKHA says:

    I dearly agree with these guys protesting the upgrading of the road. I was there two days ago, actually i was wondering what the government was doing on the road. In my debate, i thought they were just putting a shoulder, later i thought they were introducing a walk way, infact i had no answers to waht they were trying to achive. looking at the road, it connecting to an intersection near the international conference centre. I was like, why does the governement not consider the independent drive be a dual carriage way? why are they wasting the money on unthoughtful project like the one currently unedrway on the road? Are looking on the future of our nation, or the city assembly is doing cashgating on the donated money!!. Even if these ideas were not there during commisioning, Did they ask the road users of their thoughts of the road before implementing their childish project in town like that? kodi maofficial aku boma amaganiza motani? sayenda nkumasilirako zimene awona kunja kwa malawi nkuzazipanga kwathu kuno? Lets be patriotic, you city officials, what you are doing on that road is a mere dream, not meeting even the current traffic around the city.

  8. jb says:

    Talking about roads in Malawi: we need to introduce REAL HIGHWAYS for long distance travel. Lilongwe and Blantyre should have circular roads (highways) around the city to avoid traffic jams. Lilongwe needs several bridges over Lilongwe river!! The SA President was not joking when he said Johannesburg road network is not some road in Malawi!! Privatize the new road network and allow the operators to collect toll fees.

  9. Singer says:

    Umphawi ndi ntchimo

  10. wkhotodandaula says:

    Zikomo chifukwa anzanga mwaonanso choncho ntchito yonyasitsitsa ngati imeyi mkumachitika mzaka zino.maslab opotokapotoka komanso ntchito yasasililika mpang’onong’ono pomwe angakhale ine kunyumba kwanga sindingapangitse nyasi ngati ndikuziona ku citycenter. komatu nduna zimadutsa momwemo daily. a Roads Authority nawonso ali pheeee.Kodi Malawi akupita kuti? ku 1970s kapena ku 2015.zonvetsa chisoni mpake zuma kunena zoona abale.

  11. zandiwawa says:

    mbuzi za atsogolelizi zofunika kuzichotsa adakaganiza za chikale kale.

  12. All these 17thC roads are built by corrupt politicians who pay amauteur contractors. Sometimes contractor are good but money isn’t enough for it evaporates into their pockets. All major roads in Malawi are like bush paths. In locations of Blantyre, Lilongwe, and Mzuzu, roads are just stinking esp. market places. Building modernised highways is depriving their greedy pockets of money for enjoyment. They are not even ashamed. They had been in South Africa and abroad and learnt nothing but how to shop. Check the surbubs where they stay and compare with Masasa, Ndirande, Kawale. Since 1964, cities have dusty stinking and shubby roads. Lilongwe-Salima/Mzuzu, do you call that highway? How about Blantyre-Zmba? Blantyre-Lilongwe? Blantyre-Mwanza? etc….? What is the govt doing? We can tell now that the govt is doing this deliberately, it has money but cashgate was there since. Money to build modernised highways and roads is there but these corrupt rich are oppressing the poor.

  13. anene bambo says:

    Abale anga, masiku anonso sioti misewu yathu idzikhala single lane ai, tidzakula liti kodi? Look at even the Limbe – Zomba road, the same problem. Do we real have planners in our cities? I wonder. NO MORE SINGLE LANE ROADS ESPECIALY IN THE CITIES PERIOD. The work must be stopped forthwith

  14. yuona says:

    Zimenezitu ndizomwe tamafuna!!!!!! Keep it up ma Councilors!!! Unfortunately munasankha Mayor ofoila.

    1. wa ku nkhoma says:

      mayor ofoyiladi mpaka kulanda mkazi wa mzake, koma chapondera osakula

  15. What about The LCC Chief executive Mr Hara Mmmmmh Zinazitu ndimajelasi basi Mtumbuka zikutheka bwanji kukhala chief executive wa Lilongwe City Council Send him to Mzuzu He will be able to do a good job there because the northern region is his home AKUFUNA ATIWONONGELE TOWN YATHU YOCHEWA ONYAWU ONTHU OGULE Changamukani BIKOKO Is the way to go Hara must Go KUKAYA!

  16. CITIZEN X says:

    ZAUSILU ZINAPHA NDI BINGU.

  17. CITIZEN X says:

    SO NOW I PROPOSE WE GIVE THIS FORUM “NYASATIMES” A TRY TO SEE IF VOICING OUR MAD CONCERNS ABOUT SOMETHING WE DON’T LIKE TO TURN THINGS AROUND FOR THE BETTER. MY FELLOW MALAWI PLEASE MAKE YOUR COMMENT OF DISAPPROVAL OF THIS NEW ROAD AND LETS DEMAND FOR MODERN ROAD TO BE CONSTRUCTED INSTEAD. TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES TO COME ADD YOUR VIEWS HERE AND THESE PEOPLE WILL HAVE NO CHOICE BUT DO AS THE PEOPLE WANT. EVERY1 NOW HAS INTERNET ON THEIR PHONES THIS IS IT LETS ALL MAKE COMMENTS HERE. AND IF HE DOES NOT DO AS WE WANT WE WILL DO ANOTHER CAMPAIGN HERE TO REMOVE HIM AND WE WILL PUT SOMEONE HE CAN DELIVER FOR US “REMEMBER BURKINA FASO” POWER TO THE PEOPLE. THE POWER IS IN OUR HANDS USE IT, ITS THAT SIMPLE. WE NEED 100+ COMMENTS HERE. LETS GO!!!!

  18. CITIZEN X says:

    MALAWIANS ARE NOW LEARNING TO HAVE A VOICE, THIS IS A POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT LETS NOT ACCEPT ANY BULLSHIT WORKS “SUBSTANDARD” FROM THOSE AUTHORITIES WHOM WE PAY WITH OUR TAXES TO BE GIVING US SHIT WORKS. NO NO WE SAY NO MORE “WE DO NOT ACCEPT” LILONGWE IS THE UGLIEST CITY IN SADC AND IT NEEDS MODERNISATION TO THE HIGHIEST STDS. THAT LILONGWE MAYOR I HAVE NEVER LIKED HIM FOR 1 HE IS TOO OLD, WE NEED YOUNG EDUCATED AND WELL INFORMED AND NON GREEDY PEOPLE IN HIGH POSITIONS LIKE THOSE, HE CANT DO SHIT FOR LILONGWE WAIT AND SEE “USELESS”. NOW ITS UP TO YOU THE LILONGWE PEOPLE TO VOICE YOUR CONCERNS THAT IS WHAT WE USE INTERNET FOR THESE DAYS NOT WASTING TIME WITH USELESS FACEBOOK AND SHIT. USE IT TO FIX OUR MALAWI “VOICE YOUR CONCERNS”. IMAGINE IF 100 PEOPLE MADE A BAD COMMENT HERE!!!!! WILL IT NOT CHANGE THINGS?????

  19. fisi Gammar says:

    INU INU GO TO CITY CENTRE U WILL BE SHOCKED USELESS THEY ARE CONSTRACTING BAD TO UOR NATION

  20. mabodza says:

    What a gullible excusevfrom the CEO. so he was not there during the commissioning, was it a one day thing or it was discussed over time before implementation? How could he not have known all this time? What a visionless country we live in

  21. Alungwana says:

    We were thinking that they would a dual indeed. I then wondered why they are doing what they are doing. Chicken vision.

  22. masoapatali says:

    and yet some of have traveled and perhaps appreciated what city roads ought to be!

  23. Finest says:

    All this is now pointing to the fact that we needed anthu a nzeru to run Lilongwe. Viva Dr Desmond Bikoko!

  24. Not Tumbuka says:

    Congratulations Dr Bikoko once again. You should have been the Mayor

  25. Yotz says:

    Typical of Malawian mentality,”just do a project for today”.I am not surprised,all this is inherited from late Kamuzu who never constructed roads in towns in relation to increased volume of cars in the future.That dictator is the reason Malawi doesn’t have free ways and dual-carriageways in cities.The city master-plans were shelved and the result was irregular constructions everywhere.Kamuzu was good at putting on three-piece suits and restricting Malawians from exposure to modernity.

    Talking about the substandard independence road,it baffles me why people can not be so ambitious to want to modernize the city they live in and the city that has the potential to become an international capital.Lilongwe deserves double,triple, and even four-lane roads and freeways because first,as a capital city,it should be the pride of the nation for being a beautiful city and secondly,Lilongwe is centrally located to be the gateway of Southern Africa.Construction of wide roads in the city would also prepare the city for increased number of cars in future.

    Please Malawians change your mindset and develop your cities and country.

    1. ANALYST says:

      I think you dont know Malawi’s cities Yotz! Lilongwe is full of signs that Kamuzu actually envisaged and planned for dual-carriage ways! Look at the way the road-side trees were planted – the space clearly shows that Kamuzu planned for these! Look at the double bridge on the City-Centre to Kamuzu Central Hosp road at Lingadzi river near the sanctuary? That bridge is already a double-lane which was made to accommodate a dual-carriage road!

  26. urban planner says:

    Do you not see that we have an urban sprawl that needs to be accomodated with a good and sustainable infrustructure. OMG, be a leader and stop the excuses.” You were not there during the commissioning of the project and can’t comment on such matters.” Koma nde tili ndi mavuto. What exactly is your job description?
    Gov vehicle expenses are out of control and need to be looked into..

  27. loveness says:

    It is indeed very sad have you seen the road in Limbe/zomba road it is so narrow that we are scared to drive and I am sure we will witness lots of accidents. the road is useless no benefit or solution? please respective authority look into this and very soon.

  28. che chisyano says:

    chitukuko chilichose chomwe chimadzela ku asembly sichimalongosoka ayi. olo za masaf miseu kuno ku MZUZU samalima mosamala ayi. olo misika yomwe amamanga a CITY ndiyovetsa chisoni panopa misika yomwe amanga okha mavenda ACITY zintha kuwatengela zaka 11. sindikudziwa ngati ma ASEMBLY amakhala ndi ma SUPERVISOR.

  29. Peter says:

    This is the direction we need to take. I applaud our representatives for their stand. We need to own our destiny together.

  30. Phindu says:

    In fact, that road does not have a drainage system. You will see when it rains heavily, the water will not get out of that road. It will be a big pool of water. They would have provided for water ways on the sides, which they have not, the planners or contractors forgot about this, so just wait and see when it rains. Cars will beakdown there when water gets into the engines. By the way, why not repair the sides of the roads between ADL/USAID buildings and the National Bank/Standard Bank so they look like proper City centre roads?

  31. Nyapapi says:

    F**k whoever agreed to that stupid road’s standard!

  32. eye eye says:

    This 2014! Construct roads that befit a city and with a forward looking vision for the coming years….come on Malawi!

    …………….and does the mayor really need a Prado 4 x 4 to use in the city? What about a nice Toyota Corolla? that would do? yes/where need be to visit rough locations, a pool 4 x 4 would then be used…..just thinking!

  33. Mlomwe says:

    From now onwards, we need to have an open discussion on these projects. Let the city council invite the locals including councillors meeting on the city and explain what the Project intends to do. Once locals agree, the project should then proceed. Its sad that the CEO is reporting that he was not aware of this Project. Shame indeed.

  34. City Dweller says:

    With due respect to the financiers of this road project I entirely agree with the observation by the Councillors that that is what we should NOT be doing to the City Centre roads. Honestly I am failing to understand as to what they want to achieve because the road is now narrower when in fact it should have been widened like the dual carriage way from Parliament to round about or like the road to Capital Hill from the round about. Bvuto la ndalama zopempha zopatsidwa mwaulele ndi limeneli. You dance to the tune of the owners of the money. Please renegotiate the design of the road project and come up with something better

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