Minister Nankhumwa rejects reports of poor roads construction in Mzuzu

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Kondwani Nankhumwa has dismissed recent media reports that it constructed poor quality roads in the city of Mzuzu during Phase One of the Urban Roads Rehabilitation Programme which also targeted cities of Blantyre, Mzuzu and Zomba.

Nankhumwa: Roads are OK

Nankhumwa dismissed the assertions on Tuesday in an interview as Phase Two of the program is taking off the ground.

He said roads constructed in Mzuzu are of better quality than those that were constructed in Blantyre, Zomba and Lilongwe.

However, the minister pointed out that the Chiputula-Mzuzu Airport road which the media branded as of poor quality because of the cracks it has developed, was in that state due to the stream that passes under the road, not poor quality.

“I can say it here without fear of any contradiction, roads that were constructed in Mzuzu during Phase One of the project were of good quality. The only road that has already has developed some cracks in Mzuzu was constructed on a stream and the contractor had no choice,” said the minister.

He then assured the people in the country that government will continue constructing good quality roads in all the four cities of the country.

The Local Government Minister also disclosed that government has increased allocation of funds in the 2017/18 Budget towards urban road rehabilitation in the country’s four cities, which he said was an indication of government`s commitment in getting rid of dusty roads in cities.

In his comments, Chibanja Ward Councillor Charles Mlogera whose area will benefit from Phase Two of the programme, hailed government’s idea of rehabilitating city roads to bitumen standard.

“This is brilliant idea, for it will not only make our cities look beautiful, but also increase revenue in our cities,” observed Mlogera.

Government, through Mzuzu City Council, will in Phase Two, construct Chibanja-Sungabana and Bishop-Mchengautuwa roads to the tune of MK1.5 billion. The amount has increased from MK1.2 billion that the council was allocated in Phase One.

The rehabilitation of roads in cities across the country is a brain child of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Government under President Arthur Peter Mutharika whose aim is to do away with all dusty roads in the cities.

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16 thoughts on “Minister Nankhumwa rejects reports of poor roads construction in Mzuzu”

  1. Jokujoku says:

    Aaaaaaah if you are talking of poor roads being constructed in those mentioned district, i come to wonder which government is doing this!? WHY IS THE GOVT BEING NEPOTISTIC IN ROAD CONSTRUCTION, WHY ARE THEY SIDELINING DWANGWA, NKHOTAKOTA, SALIMA ROAD AND YET THE SAME GOVT COLLECTS A LOT OF TAX REVENUE FROM ILLOVO, ETHANOL,IN THE AREA??? THIS GOVT IS BAD, THEY ARE ONLY DEVELOPING BETTER ROADS IN THEIR SOUTHERN REGION CAMP. ABSURDITY IN ITS HIGHEST DEGREE

  2. Malawi says:

    How are roads constructed over seas?
    Corruption basi. Mwatafuna kale makobidi.
    How can a whole Minister say that?

    If u cannot cope with stream what more with a Lake? No wonder Tanzania wants to take over the Lake.

    Which company was given the contract? Did they not have engineers etc.

    African Leaders making them selves vulnerable coz if dyera.

    Malawi is better off being colonised again.

  3. Kkkkkkk mister be serious about the issue, Chiputula chiwanja road poorly constructed. I leave in area, no plus no minus very bad work.

  4. kacheche says:

    Ndizoona museum wa chiputula zakanika… Luwinga nice job.

  5. AKANYERAMTSETERE says:

    SOCIAL MEDIA IS NOT FOR CASTIGATIN GOVT BUT RATHER TO CONTRIBUTE CONSTRUCTIVELY. IF YOU FEEL OFFENDED, FACE NANKHUMWA,THE COOL MAN, MAN TO MAN AND GET THE REALITY. LEARN TO APPRECIATE GOVT EFFORT. ROME WAS NOT BUILT IN A DAY,WAMVA MUNTHU WOTUKWANA IWE? SHAME!

  6. Phiri says:

    This does not make sense. Does this mean roads are not constructed over streams? Ahhhh…… Mr hounsrable Minister be serious. This is not a reason to tell the tax payer. This is a waste of our money. When you give someone a contract, you want to make sure that there are results and not justifying poor quality work with such lame excuses. Then why did you hire him in the first place? Was it not because of his expertise in road construction.

    For your information, Malawi is a poor country so whatever we construct sight to be durable because we do not have the resources to re-do things. Please note that Malawians are watching whatever is happening, and are intelligent to interpreted all your explanations so they are monitoring you

  7. gde says:

    Luwinga road excellent world class road Chiputula fix drainage good road as well springs happen everywhere keep it up Local Government sanje amalawi negative kuti agulitse news same defect kujabula mbali zosiysna to justify devilish desire mwachedwa nazo ife tanyamuka no dust roads in Mzuzu in coming years .Amalawi phunzilani kuyamika zibthu zabwino osati kuti mugulitse news .

  8. xty says:

    Only quick vehicles to development.Councils bravo government Mzuzu is transforming after 53 years we are behind you staff reporter Nyondo wagwa nayo utha ngati anamuphunzitsa za Lucky Dube ndi wa nation uja jijo

  9. patrij says:

    Best roads indeed was there in Luwinga and Chiputula where there is a problem houses too close perhaps need to open drainage quickily otherwise quality work pitani mukawone amene muli ndi vuto negative reporting will take us no where keep it up councils are the only fast vehicles to development yewo government.

  10. Dzambo says:

    The contractor had no choice? Is this based on cost or engineering proficiency?Malawian engineering at its best lol!

  11. akanyeramtsere says:

    GOOD BUT ALSO CONSIDER CONNECTIN NKHATA BAY TO CHIWETA AS A LAKESHORE ROAD TO SERVE PPL ON THIS SIDE OF MALAWI AS WELL AS A LISTENIN GOVT AS BINGU PROMISED

  12. Che nsomba says:

    Uyunso uyu. Did you see any roads worthy mentioning of in Mzuzu? Somethings are better not said!

  13. pido says:

    Why constructing the road on the stream without considering draining system. Really this shows poor road construction. Ukana chiyani then

  14. Penapake says:

    Does it mean that the contractor was blind that it was not possible to appreciate that the road to be constructed would pass over a stream. There appears to be no logic in the Honourable Minister’s explanation.

  15. Thako la Nkhuku says:

    So, what fool constructs a road on a stream?

    Mukanangomanga a bridge on the whole road then!

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