State House sidelines Viola as Mutharika launches Lilongwe by-pass road

State House on Tuesday conspicuously sidelined presidential press secretary Gerald Viola at the official opening of the Lilongwe City West bypass road where President Peter Mutharika was guest of honour.Mutharika cutting the ribbon to launch the road

The sidelining of Viola as master of ceremony heightened speculation that the President is about to fire the press secretary for suggesting in a TV interview that Mutharika would buy a presidential jet once the economy improves and that the Head of State is a puppet leader.

Viola was reduced to a spectator as former presidential press officer Timpuza Mwansambo directed the event as master of ceremony.

Mwansambo was fired by Mutharika after it emerged that he was drawing two salaries one from State House and the other from MBC where he worked before his appointment as press officer.

Also conspicuously missing at the function was Speaker Richard Msowoya who has recently been accused of extravagance of public money after parliament bought four vehicles for him and his two deputies and leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera.

Parliament was instead represented by Esther Mcheka Chilenje, the first deputy speaker.

Chief Maliri of the area openly said he was DPP and told the President that he would single handily hand pick a parliamentary candidate for 2019 polls.

By-pass road

The 13km by pass road from Bunda Turn Off to Mchinji roundabout has been constructed to the tune of K3:9 billion ($7.2 million) from the African Development Fund as part of the Nacala Corridor.

The government says following the construction of the road, trucks are no longer allowed to use the main road which passes through the busy Old Town.

However, most drivers shun using the road although it is the fastest means to get out of town.

The construction of the road ties well with the government plans to construct a duo carriage road from Kanengo Industrial area.

The Chinese government has already committed some funds for the construction of the dual carriage road which will immensely cut on congestion on the busy road.

China has also given Malawi a grant for the construction of several roads in Malawi including the famous Chingale road which has now turned to be a heated political issue for politicians seeking an elected office.

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MaKopa
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Develop Lilongwe but ochewa kaya zanu inzoooooo come 2019

Chibanja tv
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Is it Mr Viola who would be always master of ceremonies in each and every meetings that the State President will be hosting? why you did not say anything about the Salima rally whereby Mr Mwamsambo was a master of ceremonies? Its a total lie to say that most truch drivers are shunning the road, I myself have witnessed a lot of trucks using the road even as far as from kanengo area. Should we say that the President is not in good terms with his personal assistant on religious affairs if the prayers is given to someone else apart… Read more »
Kadakwiza
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Malawi siitukuka ayi. Zoona president mpaka kusegula musewu wa 13 kilometers yokha. Anzanu misewu ngati yotere amatsegulira ndi nduna. Shame

lawyer wa boma
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anyasa ngati sim’mafuna kulemba zachitukuko, maka by DPP, bwanji osamangosiya.. msewu ndiwandalama zingati, colon pa ndalama akupangapochani? mukufuna kuchepsa chitukuko eti? msewu mungamange ndi ndalama zochepa mwalembazo! kkk koma chidzaphulika tsiku lina dithu, eee! anyasa nanu musanduka chipani ngati ma cso kkk koma greedy at its best

Mawa
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This country where chiefs are busy declaring they belong to the ruling party is patheic. Chiefs have not yet understood that by virtue they are already far above party politics. Chiefs find themselves worshipping political leaders….eeish. As a chief you can simply say your words of thanking government for the road constructed, you then ask other government ministries for water, etc. And the. You ask your subordinated and the general populace to take car of the road infrastructure. You tell your people to stop attacking vehicles using the road as has been case over the past year. You ask people… Read more »
Mathanyula Bengo
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No 10 uli ndi miyendo ingati?ndiwe openga kwabasibasi lol lol

kwalewera Zinyemba
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A mfumu a Malili asatengeke msanga iri ndi dziko lozungulira. Mafumu sayenera kukhala ndi mbali chifukwa amapanikiza anthu. Nanga ntchito za boma agwire ntchito ndi a boma koma pakafika nthawi ya chipani sayenera kuonetsera kuti alu mbali iti. Nsewo wo by pass ndi project ya kalekale. Ine ndinayamba kuimva mzaka za mma 80s. Komanso mseu uwu anaika mwala wa maziko anali a PP. Tiyeni tizichita chilungamo. Mabvuto ena tikukumana nawowa ndi chifukwa chopanda chitsogozo cha Mulungu. Tiyeni tichite ngati anzathu a ku Zambia omwe chuma chawo chiliko bwino kusiyana ndi ife koma anatseka ma bala tsiku lathunthu kuti apemphere. Mulungu… Read more »
losco
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Uyu ndiye President wangawanga!;!

BRAJOE
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Kodi amalawife tizidya misewuyo. Nkhani ya njala ukuti nayo bwanji.

Nanyongo
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Zakumachende basi!!!! Malata ndi cement zotsika mtengo zija zili kuti?

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