Malawi opposition MPs take govt  to task over poor road maintenance

Opposition members of parliament on Tuesday took the government head on over substandard road construction and maintenance.

Jappie Mhango: Sometimes we are under pressure from MPs

Jappie Mhango: Sometimes we are under pressure from MPs

The back benchers singled out the Area 18/Gulliver stretch of road that leads to the newly built Bingu International Stadium.

They faulted government officials for picking contractors with substandard works background.

They said it was sad the government is spending huge sums of money on construction and maintenance of roads which develop potholes just after a short period.

Transport and Public Works minister Jappie Mhango said sometimes the government comes under pressure from the same parliamentarians to construct or maintain roads.

“We take time to pick contractors for road construction because we want to have the best but sometimes we come under severe pressure from the same parliament,” he said.

He said there was need to have background checks for contractors and see evidence how they have performed in the last six months before they are awarded another contract.

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Chemjambe
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I turn to wonder what kind of maintenance works are done on Kamuzu procession road in Lilongwe (M1), isn’t it high time that this main road be upgraded at least to dual carriage ? the traffic in the city is increasing everyday yet the solution you see is just to resurface tarmac and do roundabouts. Even the maintenance works are of sub-standards, not strong enough for the road of that caliber only gravel then you put tar on top, poor drainage system. Why can’t we do the upgrading in phases rather than these useless maintenance if the funds couldn’t allow… Read more »
Pilla Pillard
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Up to now senti road is not finished, why? Rains have started. Very slow contractor and the MP of that area is quite. How is your reasoning like you people

MAJOR PEN
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JAPPIE UKUNAMATU IWE, CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IS MORE CORRUPT THAN TRAFFIC OFFICER, PLIZ HELP MALAWI KUMABA MWADZERU…

MONALISA
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KAMUZU NONSENU
MUKANATHERA KUNDENDE

CONTRACTORYO NDI
OPEREKA NTCHITOYO
AMAFUNA ZINTHU ZA
QUALITY OSATI ZANUZI
ZA KABWERE MAWAZI

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