Newspaper columnist James Chavula, who is also one of the editors at Nation Publications Limited, has accused the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for deceiving northerners that Mbombera University in Mzimba district is taking shape.
The ruling DPP and government claims the project is taking shape and that it has already find the contractor ‘FARGO’ to carry the project.
Nyasa Times has established that FARGO recently put aside a signpost along Mzimba road warning and informing road users that it is carrying its duties on site.
However, Chavula said such effort are aimed at convincing the northerners that all is set for the project.
Posting on his Facebook page, Chavula argued that there are some mandatory things like project duration, financiers and consulting engineering firm which are missing on the signpost.
“Construction standards in the country, require contractors to erect an informative sign stipulating name of the contract, Client, Project duration, Financiers, Contractor and Consulting Engineering Firm but among these, most are not there. This brings a lot of questions and suspicion,” stated Chavula.
He further doubted if FARGO can really carry and complete the project particularly because it has failed and cheated Malawians in so many ways.
“Beware of political liars and the lies they tell,” wrote Chavula.
“I am a doubting Thomas and entities like government and Fargo made me what I am. Remember how the company took over a year to realise that it had failed to construct in just 41 days the less than 1km Limbe-Midima Road? Remember how it abandoned the shorter road between Mzimba and Raiply where it spent about five years constructing nothing much? Today that road is marked by potholes, gullies, trenches and incomplete bridges. And the company is back in Mzimba to deliver President Peter Mutharika’s flagship project in fulfillment of his brother Bingu’s daylight dream. Stop Fargoing the nation,” he added.
According to him, FARGO is a DPP trusted partner in delaying the nation project.
“We heard all this sweet talk in March 2015 when your man launched construction of the university. It’s over two years since the desolate foundation stone was laid. The pace is sluggish if not snail-like. Sadly, the Limbe-Midima Road saga teaches us that Fargo is a trusted partner in delaying the nation–not sluggish, but likely to abandon any worthwhile project. …Here is a simple warning: your beloved government will Fargo you, again,” he disclosed.
During a recent visit to Mzimba district, President Peter Mutharika said his government will complete the project and that all is well on the ground.
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