MCP blasts DPP over ‘empty promises’ on new roads in Central, North Malawi

Malawi Congress Party (MCP)  spokesperson on Finance in Parliament Cornelius Mwalwanda has accused the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration of  making  “many empty promises” on new road projects, particularly in the Northern and Central Region.

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Mwalwanda said this Parliament when he gave an official response to the Mid-Term Budget Statement presented by Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Joseph Mwanamvekha.

MCP spokesperson on Finance in Parliament,  said his party has noted that “many of the new road projects continue to be allocated in the Southern Region.”

He said: “Madam Speaker, Malawi is one country and there should never be second-class citizens in this country.”

Mwalwanda said the MCP call on the government to reconsider the distribution of infrastructural projects for the remaining Fiscal Year, “so that all regions benefit equitably.”

The opposition legislator  also expressed concern about the quality of the country’s new roads.

“Many require maintenance and rehabilitation barely after a year. This is a vivid indication that some of our contractors are not qualified companies and/or individuals,” said Mwalwanda.

He also noted with concern that many of the projects government had indicated would start shortly, have yet to start, such as the M1 Road Project from Lumbadzi to Chiweta.

“Are these going to prove to be empty promises by this government?” wondered Mwalwanda.

He pointed out that in the approved budget, government allocated MK 47.9 billion to Roads Fund Administration for completion of various road projects.

Accordingly, it is not the availability of resources which is the bottleneck but implementation capacity,” said Mwalwanda.

He continued: “We call on the government to accelerate implementation of these projects, particularly the M1 Road, which is a major route for import and export of goods into Malawi.”

Mwalwanda also called for an investigation over reports that the Area 18 Roundabout will cost the taxpayer a whooping K4 billion or more.

“ Firstly, for many of us who have travelled outside Malawi, we have never seen this type of a Roundabout in the center of a City.

“Secondly, the resources being spent could have constructed many roads in Malawi. We call for an investigation surrounding construction of this structure.,” the legislator said.

Parliament is expected to wind up its business on Friday.

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Mtete
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Mtete

What I am learning from this is to have facts before making accusations. Looks like Mwalwanda rushed his condemnation

MCP Sizamva
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MCP Sizamva

MCP if you concentrate on central and northern region then you will be no different than DPP or anything. Please if you want votes from us southerners then you better stop the nonsense.

Analyst
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Analyst

Mwalwanda, why are you tribalistic in everything. As far as I know the only road constructed during Peter’s reign is the Liwonde-Mangochi road. Can you please name other roads. We have the magnificent Mzuzu-Nkhatabay road. Area 18 road in Lilongwe. Kasiya road. Why do you deliberately twist the truth? Your aim is to divide people.

Tizgowerengewaka Mughogho
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Tizgowerengewaka Mughogho

Palibe chimene boma la DPP lingapange chigawo chapakati ndi kumpoto. Apaseni mpata spite akapume. Peter pitani mukapume musazabwelenso. Mwamva!

Joni
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Joni

inu amenewo ndi maloto achumba DPP IPITILIRA ANA ACHEPA

Best settled in opposition
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Mcp best camp to continue being in opposition. You are our best and reliable watchdog. Keep it up with the good job until 20025.in opposition

Chatonda
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Chatonda

Can Mwalanda list the roads in question in all the areas for all to see here please!!!? Otherwise we are tired of these unnecessary regionalism undertones that carelessly divide the people. We can see several huge road projects in the center and north like the parliament-Area18 dual carriage road cum interchange, Tsangano-Mwanza road, Livingstonia road and the recently completed NkhataBay, Mzuzu dual carriage and Karonga-Songwe roads etc, which ones are in the South apart from the recently completed Liwonde-Mangochi road?

Anthu
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Anthu

Is Nkhata Bay – Mzuzu road a dual carriage?

Hate it or take it but it's a fact
Guest

Just forgive him , it seems he lack knowledge of what a Dual Carriage Road look like. School zoyetsa kukakhana ndichonchi.

Chikopo
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Chikopo

Not only that, north is awaiting for Mombera University, New Mzuzu airport

Joni
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Joni

Rumphi – Chtipa road
Ekwendeni – Edundu
Njakwa – Livingstonia
Jenda – Embangweni
Mzimba – Kafukule
Mzimba – Ezondweni
Mzuzu Airport
Mombera University
etc

All these are stalled and unstarted but promised projects…

wa Nyau
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wa Nyau

amanga Timothy Mtumbo

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