Meja says relaunch of Lirangwe-Chingale-Machinga Road waste of time: Mutharika says project part of master plan

Economic think tank, Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN) says President Peter Mutharika’s relaunch of the construction of Zomba-Lirangwe-Chingale road is a waste of public money.

Presudent Muthar8ka relaunching Lirangwe – Chingale – Machinga Road project

Mutharika on Thursday relaunched the road which former president Joyce Banda launched in 2014.

Mejn executive director Dalitso Kubalasa said the government should be careful with how to spend money in this harsh economic climate.

“These road shows might be politically correct but financially waste of public money,” he said.

Kubalasa said such local presidential trips are given huge budgetary allocations.

But government spokesperson Nicholas Dausi defended the relaunch of the construction of the road.

Dausi said the Joyce Banda government failed to construct the 62 kilowetre road.

“The relaunch shows that the DPP led government will now construct the road. It is ready to construct the road,” he said.

The road is a politically sensitive stretch because previous governments made empty promises.

Commentators argue that the President simply owns and brands  infrastructure projects as “work of my hands,” completely ignoring the fact that it’s the countrt’s children who will shoulder the extra huge cost-burden caused by the inefficiency of their government in managing the project.

They say it should be about governance, not construction or laying foundation stones or making empty pledges at partisan political rallies done under the pretext of State functions.

 

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Chikameza
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Chikameza

What Dausi is not saying is that Bingu also launched the same roads works. JB launch was in fact the second. This is a third launch. The story is that a launch in Malawi means nothing. This could be another hot air

Hatton
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Hatton

There is no relaunch here. The launch by JB was a hoax because there was no work carried out. The work that is to commence needed its own launch. Suppose the money earmarked for the launched project then vanished; do you want that covered by the current work?
There was no handover by JB of the project and the resources required for the works hence the so called relaunch.

Wani
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Wani

A Malawi umbuli. In European countries projects are abandoned and policies changed when another party comes to power because in these countries there are clear ideological differences between parties.

REMNANT
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REMNANT

As far as I am concerned there has never been any Joyce Banda government. All I know is that Joyce Banda was only doing what was constitutional then after losing our beloved president Bingu (MHSRIP). To me that was DPP government led by JB who some of the DPP party zealots didn’t like then. What JB was doing was all DPP agenda which the people entrusted on late Bingu and JB who were appearing on the ballot in 2009 general elections. So the launching of Chingale road construction by JB in April, 2017 was all DPP agenda. For Mr Dausi… Read more »

LEGO
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JOYCE BANDA launched it and it was the same government,DPP were against it and now they are relaunching it,why?This is a batch of foolish people.Do this President has some good advisers?

harvey
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harvey

Amange msewu ayi…asamange ..boma silikupanga kanthu…ufiti chani? Kodi amalawi osayamika bwanji? APM is building roads that no any president has ever done, cancer clinics that no any president has ever done,Just to mention a few
1. Infaltion has remain stable. for over a year…which president has achieved that?
2. Roads built in location in all cities…or udf and congress never did this
3.Today people can castigate a president..nobody has been arrested
4. Lets wait for the ballot …osamangolubwalubwa…titsosolana nthenga chaka chamawachi
Mumvatu phain simunati

Central
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Central

Ngati ndi zososolanazo mwayamba ndinu and take this we are more than ready to drain the red matter God gave us!! After all the money you are too pompous of is ours! Mukuopseza ndani, ndipo ukuona ngati angaope ndani zimene ukunenanzo!! Zitsiru!! I wish I met you…………………………… my dear with your nonsense statements! Chifukwa chani simumamva!! Chingabvute ndi chani mutangoyamba kumanga mseuwo kuti ngati ndikumuchititsa manyazi Joyce yo awone yekha kuti inu mwapanga zomwe iye sanapange other than the usual waste of resources you are doing? Ufiti mukupanga ndinu chifukwa, as put in this article its not DPP to pay… Read more »

Ata
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Ata

Kubalasa is a fake economist – how come you don’t understand that roads are crucial for development?

Igwe
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Igwe

Foolish. Do you then need to relaunch?

Johane
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Johane

It seems you failed to understand the article. The economist is critisizing the costs of that launch not the road itself. And he’s right; why have we the taxpayers now paid for 2 launches when the road hasn’t even been started properly? Why doesn’t government just build roads without spending money on launch ceremonies for every few Km of tar?

chammadzi
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chammadzi

Miseu yake yasalimbayi? Stupit Govt. Do you think pipo would appreciate if a project is started even if it has not been launched?

Charlie Hebdo
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Charlie Hebdo

Why launch a road which was already launched? This is utter waste of public resources. The Professor, if at all he is worth that title, should know that government does not change. It is parties in power which change. The professor is busy wasting our hard earned resources with reckless abandon as his only concern is how to hold on to power regardless of the cost. Does he care? No he doesn’t. He doesn’t pay taxes like the majority of Malawians. If DPP can construct the road without relaying the foundation stone, wouldn’t people appreciate its accomplishment? I feel angry… Read more »

Khate
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Khate

Foolish fools. Walasa ayise

chimanga chaponda
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Kutha mapulani magogo

Angry Citizen
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Angry Citizen

Government of fools always thinking they ate fooling us. Stupid minds

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