Bingu wa Mutharika Highway in tatters: Motorists fear Chinese constructed road is now death trap

Malawians, especially from Karonga and Chitipa have expressed shock at the deteriorating standards of the Bingu wa Mutjarika Highway in the north just five years after its completion.

Damaged Karonga-Chitipa road

Motorists along the former Karonga-Chitipa road are describing it as death trap and attribute to most of the accidents due to the bad shape of the road constructed by a Chinese construction company to the tune of K20 billion.

The road is a very clear example of an epitome of corruption that has hit the government as billions of money continue to go into personal accounts of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and top government officials.

Chitipa Wenya MP Godfrey Mnkhondya said the government needs needs to find money and treat the repairs with utmost urgency.

He said the road is a serious death trap and blamed the government for its failure to repair it.

Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango said the government was identifying money to repair the road.

He said repair works would start as soon as the money is identified.

However, some Malawians blame rampant corruption in government for the continued dwindling of the status of roads in the country, saying most of the roads are substandard as money go to the DPP, top government officials or their cronies.

Mutharika and top government officials deny this.

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Nabetha
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Nabetha

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha unnecessary blame games, all roads need repair works regularly kkkkkk why do you eat everyday?

DPP
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DPP

This Road is disgruntled .Yes we are all disgruntled.

Nalingula
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Nalingula

Chilima was DPP throughout .Strange how some are portraying him as the Saviour.Look at RTD reforms we were paying for One Licence.After Reforms you have to Pay for 1 .ID 2.Licence 3.Category. Ndie ine kumatodabwa ena kumamudandaulira Chilima kuti ma License Atodula.Amalawi ndi anthu odabwisa kwambiri.The Guy was part of those policies.

Norwich
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Norwich

Ine ndi wa DPP koma pa misewu yosalimba pokhapa guys tanyanya. This is not fair to taxpayers

Charlie Hebdo
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Charlie Hebdo

It is good the road was named after Bingu. Ntchito za manja ake zikumuchitira umboni.

Tenzi Mzungu
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Tenzi Mzungu

What Chilima is saying is nothing new. Many have said what he is saying now four years ago. Only that you are blindedly and stupidily following him. Why in your normal senses support one with history of rigging the elections in favor of the same party he is accusing of corruption? Why support someone who has been put in power by pple without morals? Why support someone who has not been elected to his position by the people at the convention? Yet he is talking about transformative leadership . Which is most evil between rigging votes and receiving donation from… Read more »

Dipipi wa Yudiefu
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Dipipi wa Yudiefu

Talk or comment about Chitipa Karonga road you stupid cadet.

BigMan
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BigMan

1. There is going to be a convention. 2. Give us the evidence on rigging in 2014 election.

Panganani
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Please share the evidence that he assisted in rigging votes….

Baba
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Baba

Roads get damaged even in Europe not because of corruption but wear and tear. Stop sensationalising each and every problem as corruption induced.

NyasaMana
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NyasaMana

Baba, you are wrong. Compare the Chitipa Karonga road built 5 years ago with the Rumphi, Mzuzu, Chikangawa – Jenda road built in the 80s. Bingu road vs Kamuzu road.

You are daft Baba. Cadet iwe!

Dipipi wa Yudiefu
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Dipipi wa Yudiefu

True and we have had huge trucks using this Chikangawa-Jenda road for years. M’modzi wama cadet alhomwe amene akutiwonongera Malawi. Kutereku sakuwonapo cholakwika pazakamangidwe ka misewu yama China.

benjones
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TRUE

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

Yes, the guy is so daft that he only went to Europe ngati CADET. He doesn’t even know which year the road he saw potholed was built.
The real problem, which of course cadets also know but choose to pay a BLIND eye, are hefty commissions (DPP gurus call them DONATIONS).
Same companies (Mortal Engel) construct durable beautiful roads in our neighbouring countries, e.g. Zambezi Bridge, Chipata-Luangwa Road,etc. No contractor wants to make losses. So they transfer “DONATIONS” costs to the owner. Then they build FAKE roads, deposit few U$ in corrupt politicians accounts, end of story. Surprised?
SHAME!!!

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
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Hlabezulu Ngonoonda

NyasaMana, you should also have mentioned the Limbe – Thyolo – Mulanje – Muloza road which was built by an Italian Company called Alstadi in early 1990s after its construction was suspended in 1992. The road its of highest quality. One can just see from a naked eye. Those driving on it feels its quality. The new Mzuzu – Nkhata Bay road built by a German Company may rival it.

Patak
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Patak

Roads do not get damaged just after 5 years of being constructed. Please stop defending the indefensible. Who was supervising the standards of construction such an important asset of the people of Malawi? Infrastructure are our assets and must be constructed to last. People are not wrong to blame substandard workmanship on corruption. What else? The people in government are overseers of our projects and this is a classic example of evils of corruption which we have to fight head on. Enough of this rubbish. The people of this country deserve better than this level of mediocrity being tolerated by… Read more »

Mangochi Kabwafu
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Mangochi Kabwafu

Not after just 5 years. This was simply substandard road either built on the cheap or some cash pocketed by Bingu.

Rosingbom Chibomba
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Rosingbom Chibomba

Hahaha! Which Europe are you referring to? If this happened in Europe, the company which constructed the road would be blacklisted & will be asked to reconstruct the road for free.

DPP
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DPP

If Saulosi points out these things u are attacking him? Chilima will make sure that the roads are constructed properly with 50 years warranty

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