Malawi set to introduce public transport in Cities

Malawian cities will soon have a government coordinated high-range, uptown and modern mode of public transport, State Vice President cum Minister of Economic Planning and Development and Public Sector Reforms, Saulos Chilima has said.

A visibly hope-filled Chilima disclosed this Thursday at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe when he held a joint meeting with the Budget and Public Accounts Committees of Parliament to lobby them to support the budget, and to embrace the implementation of the Malawi 2063 vision and improvement of the mining sector as a mainstay.

Chilima said: “The government has allocated funds in the 2021/2022 budget to upgrade urban roads in preparation for the introduction of public transport in the cities in three years time.

Chilima:We are upgrading urban roads

The State Vice President said President Lazarus Chakwera approved an ambitious programme for upgrading of the country’s metropolitan road networks in order to transform the cities, ease congestion and as part of implementation of the Malawi 2063 Vision.

“This budget has begun funding the transformation of urban road networks. These developments are in preparation for the reintroduction of public transport in the Cities in the next three years.” said Chilima.

Chilima said in this year’s budget focus has been to upgrade the road network in the capital and business-centred city, Lilongwe.

He said: “Provision has been made for similar developments in the other cities.”

Some of the major roads to undergo a facelift in Lilongwe are dualisation of the M1 road from Kanengo to Lilongwe CCAP with funding from Chinese, Japanese and Malawi government’s own resources.

The other, according to Chilima, is the expansion of the Kenyatta Road that links the Old Town and City Centre into triple lanes each way

Blantyre City roads potholes set for improvement

Again, the dualisation of the Mzimba Street which links Cross Roads Roundabout and Lilongwe CCAP through the Amina Roundabout, Kamuzu Central Hospital and Mchesi will be refurbished.

In addition, this budget has also made provision for the first phase of the dualisation of Kaunda Road from Bingu Stadium in Area 49 going towards Nsungwi in Area 25.

‘Deregulated’

The responsibility for public transport management in Malawi lies with the Ministry of Transport and Public Works through the Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services.

The Directorate is charged with administering regulatory provisions relating to motor vehicle administration, driver licensing administration, operator authorization and control of permits.

Since 2000 more reforms has been undertaken to liberalize the public transport sector.

The 2004 National Transport Policy, fully deregulated the market by removing any restrictions on entry and exit to the collective passenger transport sector while giving the sector the freedom to set its own tariffs.

The situation therefore evolved from one of government-controlled prices before 2000 into a free market in which prices are determined by the industry itself, with the government only being informed about prices just prior to implementation.

Malawi leader, President Lazarus Chakwera on several occasion has assured Malawians of his Administration’s commitment to restructure and improve the road networks in the country per his campaign promise and in line with Malawi Agenda 2063 saying the government is set to commence construction and rehabilitation of road projects across the country.

‘Promised’
Speaking during the opening of budget session for 2021/2022 financial year in Parliament, President Chakwera said his administration will expand the dual carriage way of the M1 road from Crossroads roundabout to Alimaunde in Kanengo and the dual carriage of the M1 road section between Lilongwe Hotel and Lilongwe CCAP road section.

Chakwera said the Kenyatta Drive and Mzimba street will be expanded to six lanes, saying the other road to be rehabilitated is Nsipe to Liwonde road and construction of Toll Plazas on the M1 Road at Chingeni in Ntcheu district and Kalinyeke in Dedza district.

He said the M7 Road will be upgraded from Dzaleka-Ntchisi-Mpalo-Malomo road to paved road covering a distance of 70 Kilometres as well as the M5 Balaka market-Kaphatenga-Dwangwa-Mukwiya in NkhataBay.

The President said as Government’s effort to ensure quality infrastructure in the country, his Administration, among other measures, is revising the National Construction Industry Act of 1996 and its subsidiary regulations to be in line with African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the Africa Continental Free Trade Area.

The Malawi leader promised that the Tonse Alliance Administration will resuscitate the Sena Corridor Railway from the port of Beira in Mozambique to Limbe, saying this will involve rehabilitation and upgrading of the 201 Km Limbe-Marka railway section.

“My Administration is determined to bring back the glory that our flagship airline once enjoyed before finalizing the establishment of the Malawi Civil Aviation Authority to regulate the Air-Transport sub sector,’’ said Chakwera.

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Chiko vs Chikho
20 hours ago

Alfred Jiya tikonzereni Area 49 and area 25. Gulliver has more than 2500 good houses but no roads. What kind of development is this. Develop the roads before you bring the buses. Iwe Ulemu Msungama ngati ukufuna Ulemu konza Chilinde to area 23 road. Konza Kaliyeke.

Kamchiputu
22 hours ago

Who designated the round about Amina? Which Amina is this and what did she do to Malawi to deserve this? Give the round about a different name. I don’t mind calling it kwamtere roundbout. We can’t afford to give foreign names to our structures anymore.

The Truth
The Truth
19 hours ago
Reply to  Kamchiputu

You racist fool. The roundabout is not named Amina. The privately owned building opposite it is called Amina House. It is not their fault the write cannot be bothered to write “the roundabout opposite Amina House” in full. Chimidzi thinking at its finest demonstrated by you.

Bomandi Lakuba
Bomandi Lakuba
22 hours ago

I have seen kuti tonse government ikungopanga za Central region and northern region basi…kummwela ndi kwao kwa Chilima basi..

Kodi mu town ya Blantyre mulibe misewu yofuna kukonza..

Tiwonetsana povota 2025 ino…

Tamala
Tamala
23 hours ago

Leave that to the private entities to spur economic growth.The government should only provide an enabling environment in terms of fiscal policy repositioning.It a very very small economy to further squeeze the private sector..

Mboba
Mboba
20 hours ago
Reply to  Tamala

Bodza ilo akulu…..

Mwinithako
Mwinithako
23 hours ago

Talk of Ntcheu to Zomba not Nsipe kumuzi kwanu to Liwonde yapapa!!!I can see that Saulosi is trying to sideline the South.Komaa Saulosi ndifiti yeniyeni ndithuuu,Umm

Hawell
1 day ago

Yea a welcome development indeed tatopa ndikunyozedwa ndi a maminibus’wa they do not take us ngati anthu ayi. City transport ibwere ma minibus onse apakire enough is enough atibera kwambiri

Justice for all
Justice for all
1 day ago

Welcome development but walk the talk please don’t just feed us lies

no name
no name
1 day ago

dont forget to allocate for Covid 19 vaccines……. also

Kenzo
Kenzo
1 day ago

Ma vision awawa sia anthu osawuka amakhala akunyumba kwao

Busy
Busy
1 day ago

Long overdue but walk the talk nda bwana anu aja

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