Vice President and UTM leader Saulos Chilima’s convoy got stuck in the mud on the Khosolo and Luwerezi road in Mzimba forcing him and his team to spend at least two hours on the spot on Tuesday.
Chilima had just held an Imbizo at Khosolo and was going for another imbizo at Luwerezi as he finalized his 5 day visit to the northern region.
Ironically, budget for upgrading of the road was approved and funds provided for but nothing has been done on the ground so far.
Speaking at Luwerezi, UTM shadow MP for Mzimba Luwerezi Erick Chirwa said he Chilima had first hand experience of the Khosolo- Luwerezi road hence he was not going to talk about it’s sad state.
“Since you have seen and experienced it yourself, you have seen the gravity of the poor road network in this area but am happy that when you become President of this country on May 21 you will sort out this issue, ” said Chirwa.
In his remarks, Chilima said it is sad that after 54 years of independence, the country still have such poor roads which are more of death traps to the people in the area.
He wondered why the whole Mzimba district do not have upgraded roads apart from the M1 which is just a passing road from other districts.
“The country needs to have better road network if we are to have real development. It is not fair that someone sits in the office convinced that the country is being run well while citizens use these kind of roads,” lamented Chilima.
He said when UTM gets in government in two months time, will improve the living conditions of people including upgrading the roads.
“Development is done by money which people pay tax, the money will not come from Saulos Chilima or any of us politicians, it is your own money, we just facilitate and lead on how we can implement the projects, ” said Chilima.