Malawi govt to probe poor road constructions  —Mutharika

Malawi’s construction industry continues to grapple with institutionalised corruption and outright fraud as citizens are further pushed to the marginal gutters and continue to receive substandard work below any set standard due to corrupt and incompetent service providers.

Spot the potholes in the newly constructed roads

Poor roads constructed in residential areas of Malawi

Poorly constructed roads continue to litter the country’s residential areas as another form of cash-gate in the country is slowly taking shape.

President Peter Mutharika has warned  against corruption, saying government will investigate all irregularities in the construction of roads following complains and

whining that  some road which he  officially opened recently have  become an eyesore as the tarmac has developed potholes, drifts and cracks with motorists now shunning the road.

In Lilongwe and Mzuzu cities, there have also been reports of tarmac on newly-upgraded roads peeling off

Said Mutharika: “There are corrupt councillors who are awarding contracts in the country to some companies based on their own personal interests. These companies are not capable enough to undertake some projects and they end up coming up with substandard road projects. Mind you, this is public money! You will be investigated!”

The President, who spoke at the opening of the Malawi International Trade Fair in Blantyre on Wednesday, accused ward councillors who corruptly award contracts to some local companies that come up with substandard output, especially in road construction projects.

Nyasa Times investigations, however, reveal that that such substandard work is a deliberate ploy by some contractors  to reap off government on renovations of the same roads when the cracks develop.

Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) executive director John Kapito has since  called on the Roads Authority (RA) to properly scrutinise contractors before awarding them projects to ensure they do quality work.

He placed much emphasis on some roads which were constructed or rehabilitated last year, including the Makata Road, Illovo-Midima roundabout, Chimwankhunda and Nyambadwe which have started developing potholes or have completely been worn out, in turn giving problems to motorists.

Roads Fund Administration spokesperson Masauko Ngwaluko recently said as is the case with every road project in city road construction and reconstruction works, his organisation retains five per cent of respective contract sums so that they can be used to rectify defects on the roads.

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15 thoughts on “Malawi govt to probe poor road constructions  —Mutharika”

  1. Ngonapamuhanya says:

    it’s funny how the article appears, there is a sentence in the article which reads ” some corrupt councillors are award contracts to …” common gentlemen, councillors have that mandate? The government and all council here have a system of awarding contracts and not councillors.
    what is the role of ODPP?
    why we procurement?
    Who controls the rendering in all councils?
    Teach me the reasons of finance department?
    School me where the councillor can penetrate?

  2. Ntchona says:

    Here I have contributed before, malawi suffers from toxic partisan politics. Most businesses are simply fronts but belong to the same people making high level decisions so all they do is recycle the businesses back to themselves and as you can imagine most of them do not have technical expertise therefore we should not be surprised if the roads are failing. Let government and procurement agencies devise a returner on all contracts and that returner is used in case there failures. All major contracts should compel contractors to provide a certain percentage of capital outlay to show commitment. Have proven inspections done on every step of construction to meet required standards. Give contracts to companies that have proven capacities. Black list and shame all fly by night operators and ban them indefinitely to do business with government. Ours is a simply sick society that lacks the will do things right. Can I hear an amen from those seating in ivory towers

  3. Edison Nandolo says:

    Zomba jali phalombe road is one of the very substandard roads.. please visit it

  4. Richard Soko says:

    A president ife tayamba kutaya chikhulupirilo mwa inuyo chifukwa chosamumanga Chaponda

  5. bingu says:

    if you want to b rich without working at all join Malawi politics n u will gaterich fast.sorry for u Malawi mumalesa munthu opemphela kuthandiza chonsecho bungwe likathandiza mumalandaso chuma chaosauka omwewo.monga Ife kuzavotera DPP muyiwale mummange Maya chaponda apobii munya imeneyo timati backing gate mukupangayo iwe bingu ndipo anytime people want to short you if u don’t knw

  6. CIVIL SERVANT says:

    when you talk of corruption Mr. president remember that “nsomba imaola kuyambira kumutu”.

  7. gwenyethe says:

    Did we engage a consultant in all these roads to monitor and certify? Please don’t cheat Malawians. Mwagawana ndalama ndiye nkumaiima pa nsanja and talk as if your hands are clean. This country is in a big standards problem. If you need quality infrastructure stop awarding contracts based on partisan affiliations. It has never worked anywhere in the world.

  8. peter chipo says:

    The problem is Roads Authority and DPP. Road contractors are asked to pay 10% to individuals at RA for every contract and this money is for DPP campaign. Those who do not agree are hardly given any business. So the regular suppliers for RA do not care of the standard as they cannot be brought to book.

    Ngati ndikunama, Mutharika ndi Mr Jimu akane poyera.

  9. cymru says:

    Lets accept that we have problems with construction companies in Malawi. It seems we have no competent companies like Mota Engil or Chinese companies. Though local companies cry when contracts are awarded to foreign companies, the fact has been exposed now.

    To me it is not intent to defraud government but lack of competence and knowledge on the task given to them. The best is to give road construction no matter how short the length of the road to foreign companies. Indigenous or local companies on road construction have disappointed us. Area 36 via Phwetekere to Falls was constructed by Mota Engil, it looks good but check the other roads constructed by local companies, eeeish.

  10. pixy says:

    Njira ina yofuna kubera ndalama imeneyo.Iwo aboma wosayendera miseu yikamakonzedwa kapena yatsopano kulimidwa.Amangotenga zinyalala za ma contructor kuti azidya nawo ndalama basi.Stupid

  11. Maunits says:

    Kapito backed Georged Chaponda on Maize gate saga before the parliamentary committee on maiize gate enquiry and him Kapito said no there was no element of corruption and today is commenting on substandard work for road construction. He is useless and a thief.

  12. lesley says:

    kkkkkk. I remember the president was touring some of these roads last year on whistlestop. Now he needs to tour them and pin down these masquerade contractors.

  13. captain Morgan says:

    Nanga Master construction ingapange zolongosoka. Kuona equipment yawo yakalekale. Mumayamba ndinu kupatsana ma contract osanamizira ma councillor pano mukudandaula. Is this development?

  14. Kholowa mkabudula says:

    Osangozisiya bwanji bwana president? If you cannot arrest George Chaponda oti amaba ndalama za chakudya cha anthu osauka kuti akakhuta akakuvoteleni bwana, amenewa ndiye muwamanga chifukwa si ma ministala? Arrest Chaponda nde tidziwa kuti you are fighting corruption apo biiiii njeeee just shut up mr president in your comfy chair!

    1. Hon Pwhisi says:

      The president was very pleased with standard of work during whistle stops he praised the contractors to the sky, he didn’t know kuti tar wake asakaniza ndi makala opera .nawo ma inspector a RA kutivutitsa pa Biwi ndi pa Bwandilo ndalama za ziphuphu, lelo ndiizi miseu ikukakatuka, manyazi bwa? Kunenepa mpaka mizire ku nkhongo .God bless Malawi

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