2 Lilongwe ministers  open newly constructed bridge worth K79.8 million

Communities around Traditional Authority (TA) Kalumba in Lilongwe will benefit with the newly constructed concrete bridge worth K79.8 million from Roads Authority.

Lobin Lowe (C) with Hon. Sosten Gwengwe cutting a ribon during the handing over of the bridge the newly constructed bridge. Pic (C) by Daniel Namwini-Mana
Kabaza motorbike operator using the newly constructed concrete bridge. Pic (C) by Daniel Namwini-Mana
Old timber bridge that connects Lilongwe central constituency and Msozi North constituency. Pic (C) by Daniel Namwini-Mana
Newly constructed concrete bridge worth K79.8 million from Roads Authority. Pic (C) by Daniel Namwini-Mana
Tifele Kanada (In blue shirt) with a member from Mzingo Village, TA Kalumbata at the newly Tifele Kanada (In blue shirt) with a member from Mzingo Village, TA Kalumbata at the newly constructed bridge. Pic (C) Daniel Namwini-Mana

The newly constructed bridge in the district connects Lilongwe Central Constituency whose Member of Parliaments is Lobin Lowe and Msozi North constituency of Sosten Gwengwe – both Cabinet ministers.

Speaking on Friday during the bridge handing over ceremony to the community members in Ta Kalumba in the district, Lowe said the newly constructed bridge would improve and save lives of people.

“Many people have lost their lives both during the rainy and dry season when crossing the unconditional old timber bridge on Mzingo to Lunguzi road.

“The coming in of the concrete bridge it will assist people in the community to cross the bridge any time they want without any harm,” he said.

Lowe who is Minister of Agriculture said through the bridge, farmers from both constituencies would be able to transfer and sale their yields to their nearest markets such as Mitundu Trading Centre and Chitsime Admarc among others.

A community member, Tifele Kanada from Mzingo Village, TA Kalumbata said in the years of 2012 and 2015 they lost two people who were crossing the old timber bridge going to sale their farm yields at Mitundu market due to worn out of the beams, chassis and runners of the old bridge.

“The northern pier of the timber bridge collapsed due to poor workmanship and mortar mix while the central piers were badly scoured and undermined as such foundation bases were exposed and collapse,” he lamented.

TA Kalumba thanked government for replacing a timber bridge saying it would add the beauty of their areas

He said the bridge would improve transportation of goods and services and appealed to communities to take care of it.

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Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
23 days ago

TWO ministers opening such a structure, in the CAPITAL CITY (chisoni), in the 21st century.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
23 days ago

ma appraisal apangika litilo

Noxy
23 days ago

Atleast there is a bridge to use to cross to the other side of the road.The bridge from the look of things is strong nothing to worry about.What is important is that the bridge must serve its purpose.

Ulemu Banda
Ulemu Banda
23 days ago
Reply to  Noxy

Do not settle for mediocre work in the name of purpose. The people deserve better infrastructure in this country where ever it may be.

Cairo
Cairo
23 days ago

Ohhh shame, this bridge is incomplete, what on earth can these politicians happily open this bridge which is incomplete. Its constructed health and safety to the community, but now with its incompletion, its more of a hazard than a life saver. How can they say its its complete and that from afar we can see that its not done yet? What are these politicians rushing for? Nonsense!

Ulemu Banda
Ulemu Banda
23 days ago

I think Malawians are taken for granted. The quality of this bridge is total BS. Why can’t you do things properly? There isn’t enough room for pedestrians on the bridge and I doubt 2 vehicles can pass each other on the bridge. Why can’t we build structures that would last a lifetime?

Don't waste our time
Don't waste our time
24 days ago

The quality of the bridge is not something to be excited about. Why do ministers open this shabby work. Insist on quality or is it because Malawians have always been cheated. My take is, we have poorly trained civil engineers who copy and paste designs. The structure is shabby not worthy boasting about

Mutala
Mutala
23 days ago

That’s very true I don’t even agree with the cost of the bridge. These politicians are just stealing government money in the name of infrastructure development.

Limma
Limma
24 days ago

Mwati ma million angati?
Mwati ma MP angati?

Hmm.

Muhlabase
Muhlabase
24 days ago

Tithandizeni mseu wa kwa Kauma …near the bridge madzi akudutsa pakati pa mseu moti uduka pakati posachedwapa and mayendedwe a to and from kauma ativuta kwambiri

Kgosikgolo
Kgosikgolo
24 days ago

This is a big embarrassment to the African Continent! Whole MPs and Cabinet Ministers opening a substandard bridge and being very proud of it! This could have been supervised by the two community leaders!

Zagwazatha
Zagwazatha
24 days ago

Nduja ziwiri kukatola ma allowance pa project ya DPP? kodi Malawi azasintha liti kukhala ndi atsogoleri wokonda dziko lake?

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