Malawi army engineers commended on high quality road project

Road Authority (RA) has said capacitating a government institution in road construction will have positive results in the near future.

Roads Authority CEO Emamanuel Matapa briefs Vice President Saulos Chilima on the progress of Ntheu Tsangano road construction project on Sunday.(C)Govati Nyirenda (4)

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Emmanuel Matapa made the observation Sunday when the Vive President  Saulos Chilima toured the newly constructed Ntcheu–Tsangano-Mwanza road.

He said the engagement of Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Engineers Battalion was in line with Public Service Reforms in which the Vice President was championing.

Matapa said MDF Engineers Battalion has been engagement in such a huge project since it was established as company.

“We were engaging them previously where we had emergencies but not they have moved into road construction and the quality of their work has been so impressive so far,” he said.

Matapa said the initiative would not try to kill commercial contractor but the end result stakeholders would appreciate that taxpayers money would be put to proper use.

He said the road design and specification was in line with Southern African Development Community set standards of international corridors.

The CEO admitted that the delay of project would impact on the transportation of materials and not payment of the contractor saying employees are salaried and they receive allowances.

He added that Covid-19 had affected the operation of the project as preventive measures had to be followed to the later.

Chilima provision of quality roads in the country requires contractors with adequate capacities in order to deliver the projects in time.

He said incapable contractors would stay on the project site for more than five to 10 years if their capacities are not up to standard thus wasting tax payers’ money.

Chilima hailed Malawi Defense Force (MDF) Engineers Battalion for taking up the challenge of such magnitude in order to help in the development process of the country.

“This is very impressive, the country need such quality roads if we are to develop. We don’t need roads that only last a year before maintenance works starts. We need appreciate where our taxes are going to,” the Vice President pointed out.

He appealed for speedy implementation of all government projects while making sure the quality was always maintained for us to progress further.

Chilima added:“Contractors should always stick to designed implementation period so that they can move on to other projects sites because there is great demand for more roads, hospitals and schools. Contractors should avoid wasting more time on one project site.”

The road project started on April 3 2018 and was scheduled to run for 18 months until September 25 2019 but the competition date was revised on November 30  2020.

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Joni
Joni
7 months ago

Any proper thinking and analytical mind cannot wonder why MDF is doing good work….it is because it is very difficult and almost impossible for them to get involved in CORRUPTION therefore, all resources including money goes to the project……

Ndi CORRUPTION ulowera pati……..ukafunse Gen Nundwe kkkkkkkk Ndizovuta!!!

Mpakateni
7 months ago

Why don’t you a picture of a road? So, you expect us to believe the story merely by word of mouth. If there are good engineers at MDF, they ,must be allowed to bid for projects alongside the commercial construction companies so that government can cut down its annual budgetary allocation to MDF.

Jemusi
Jemusi
7 months ago
Reply to  Mpakateni

Good point. I buy your point. In fact, govt can just allocate some projects to them without bidding

Moses Jimmy
Moses Jimmy
7 months ago
Reply to  Jemusi

10, 000% Mdf yakhala ikuchita zapamwamba kwambili when it comes to engneering. Taonela limodzi how they deal with emergencies. Its high time now boma lisiye kumangomwaza makobidi ku ti ma so called contractors. Asitikali athu ndiodalilika. They can master the high quality roads and build to last schools(even on half price). Big thumbs mr veep!! It takes a real leader to recognise padagona luso.

Mtengo mtengo
Mtengo mtengo
7 months ago

Wait until the minister of civic education hon mtambo organises demos and start burning tyres on the tsangano Road, that’s when you will see that how you use the item determines whether it lasts.

Ian
Ian
7 months ago

With this kind of reporting i always ask my self who is the editor and what is his or her job. Low class reporting

Last edited 7 months ago by Ian
Bambo Zapata
7 months ago

The MDF is a reliable institution, more construction projects should be given to them rather than enriching contractors that deliver sub-standard structures

Jemusi
Jemusi
7 months ago
Reply to  Bambo Zapata

Actually contractors who do substandard work should be banned, Plem Construction and Fargo Limited are some of the construction companies that do shoddy work. Yet they pocket billions

Moses Jimmy
Moses Jimmy
7 months ago
Reply to  Jemusi

The veep is on fire. We love the energy bwana. The eyes are as sharp as of a hawk. Ti ma shady contractor tonse pa zooom kkkk

Alex mgeni
Alex mgeni
7 months ago

Mwangowawopa anthu asilikali bwana. Nawo so pena a kumapanga zopoyila

ERUTU
ERUTU
7 months ago

Viva Malawi 🇲🇼

Ndafera Nkhande
Ndafera Nkhande
7 months ago

This is great .Chase away all dubious contractors from far east and let our soldiers employ civil engineers from Poly and technical colleges.How can a contractor say that they are building a sub standard road because of low traffic? Amwenye kudzitukumula chonsecho adalephera mnseu wa Salima turnoff to Salima nthawi ya boma limodzi.Roads Authority do not give jobs to PLEM.

Jemusi
Jemusi
7 months ago

PLEM is a very poor construction company and it overcharges govt.

Moses Jimmy
Moses Jimmy
7 months ago

Kkkkkk kutitola uchitsilu kkkkkkk koma yeah anatitola kugona kwambili kkkkk

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