Chikwawa residents march against poor road network

Some concerned community members in Chikwawa district marched to the district council offices to deliver a petition on a number of shortfalls in the district, one of them being poor road network.

Some of the youth who took part in the demonstrations. Pic Daniel Sankhulani (Mana)

The organizers of the demonstrations calling themselves ‘Citizens from Chikwawa’ delivered the petition to the council’s Chief Administrative Officer, Leonard Mchombo who received it on behalf of the District Commissioner, Ali Phiri.

The petition tackled a number of issues ranging from poor road network from Dyeratu to Chikwawa Boma, unfavourable business environment towards indigenous people, dilapidated mortuary to lack of guardian shelter at Chikwawa District Hospital.

Speaking during presentation of the petition, representative of the grouping, Amade Alide said among other things the rate of unemployment in Chikwawa is high and they want the council to address the matter.

“On a lighter note, we citizens of Chikwawa district want the council to consider us in various developmental activities. We have noted that the council has been giving business opportunities to people outside the district,” Alide said.

“The district council should also think of rehabilitating the dilapidated tarmac road that connects Dyeratu Trading Centre and Chikwawa Boma. The road is in bad shape and we are finding it hard to travel on the road,” he added.

Organising Chairperson for the demonstrations, Anganile Ngosi said their lives were affected for being sidelined to take part in developmental activities that are happening within the district.

“We thought of organising these demonstrations to advocate to our council to start considering its people. Citizens in the district are suffering in so many ways including the use of Dyeratu-Boma Road,” Ngosi said.

Receiving the petition, Mchombo promised the ‘concerned citizens’ that the council would deliver their concerns to the right authority.

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Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

Chonsecho Salim Bagus was claiming that he has developed Chikwawa Central beyond recognition. At the same time, APM is claiming he left a good legacy. The issue of poor road network is not only in Chikwawa. Can you describe Lilongwe as a Capital City when you look at the roads in locations Kaliyeka, Chilinde, Area 22, Area 49 (Dubai, Shire, 49 proper), Area 25, etc? Where are the street lights we used to see before 1994? Malawians do not live but exist. The regimes after Kamuzu had an agenda to steal and not to develop this country. We are yet… Read more »

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