MCP MP Kazombo presses Malawi govt to rebuild dilapidated roads
Government through the Ministry of Transport and Public Works on Thursday assured Malawians to re-build roads which are in bad shape, saying this will be done in chunks as it requires huge amounts of money.
During parliament sitting in Lilongwe, Member of Parliament (MP) for Kasungu East Madalitso Kazombo asked government to consider upgrading roads which are in bad condition in his constituency.
In a statement relating to his constituency Kazombo asked the Ministry of Transport and public works to rebuild three major roads in Kasungu East namely; Chamama to Mtunthama road, Chima to Chamama road and Chasato to Shayona road, which he said were in devastating condition.
“May I ask the government to increase the width to resurface the three major roads in my constituency which are in bad condition. These roads are very economical to people in my constituency and need serious attention to be upgraded,” Kazombo asked.
Kazombo further advised government to look for good and expert contractors adding that he would appreciate if the rehabilitation could start soon after the rains in April next year as compared to October to November arguing upgrading this time around, doesn’t bear much fruits when the soil is lighter than in April.
“I therefore advise government to bid for good contractors who know their job, because most of the contractors that come maintain without expertise making the roads fail to last,” he advised.
He further asked that the Kasungu-Lilongwe road be among the roads which need to be attended to saying the road does not just benefit people from Kasungu but the entire nation.
Responding to the request, Minister of Transport and Public Works, Jappie Mhango said Government was aware that more roads in the country were in bad shape due to a number of reasons and rehabilitating these roads would be done in phases as it would require huge amounts of money.
“As government, we are aware that there are many roads especially in rural settings which are in poor condition and need to be reconditioned.
“Heavy rains affected most roads in the country and rehabilitation of these roads cannot be done at once. We will be doing the job in chunks as the project requires more money,” Mhango assured.
Mhango said by the end of next year the rest of the roads would be finished noting that currently they were procuring contractors that would be used in the remaining roads that have not been attended to.
“Let me assure Hon. Kazombo that come next year, the roads in his constituency would be attended to. Kasungu East is among the constituencies whose roads require rehabilitation,” he assured.
The Minister however, asked people in the country to be patient enough saying the government knows the problem that people are facing in the country but solutions to address those challenges would be given once it has all the required resources.
Apart from the challenge of road networks in Kasungu East constituency Kazombo narrated that there were also challenges of dilapidated bridges, unsafe drinking water, girls’ hostels, community colleges and T/A’s house among others.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :
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