Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Ben Malunga Phiri on Friday, May 8, 2020 officially launched construction of a modern tarmac road that will connect Nansomba in Mulanje Central constituency and Msikawanjala in Mulanje Bale.
According to the contractor, Plem Construction, work on the road has already started and that they envisage it would take about four months to complete.
Phiri said it is the wish of President Peter Mutharika that the country has a good road network because good roads infrastructure facilitates movement of people allowing social interaction.
“Most importantly, President Mutharika realizes that a good road network facilitates the movement of goods, particularly produce in areas such as this one, and services, creating many social and economic opportunities for the ordinary citizens,” said the minister, who was accompanied by Mulanje Central and Mulanje Bale legislators, Kondwani Nankhumwa and Victor Musowa.
Phiri, who also toured the newly-built state-of-the-art Msikawanjala Market, said the new road shall create a lot of business opportunities for the people of the area and attract investors from cities including from abroad.
He encouraged the people of the area to come out in large numbers and vote for President Mutharika during the forthcoming July 2, fresh presidential election in order to ensure continued social and economic development.
In his remarks, Nankhumwa, who is also Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister and governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Vice President for Southern Region, hailed the minister for his hardworking spirit that has seen numerous development projects sprouting since he was appointed to his ministry.
“Through you, I wish to thank President Mutharika for the love he has for his people and the country. We, particularly here in Mulanje, have benefitted immensely through his national development drive. We have electricity almost everywhere, running water, health facilities, you name it. Please, convey our sincere appreciation,” said Nankhumwa.
Other speakers included Senior Chief Chikumbu, MP Musowa and Malango Botomani, Director of Rural Development, among others.