Police nab 5 for threats to Chinese contractors: Karonga-Songwe road on course, minister warns theft of materials

Malawi Police in Karonga have nabbed five people for issuing threats to Chinese contractors working on the Karonga-Songwe road after the Malawians were sacked from their jobs for stealing diesel and cement from the contractors.

Mhango: Progress of the road impressive

Police say the five have since been charged with theft.

Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango who went to see the progress of the road on Thursday said he was disappointed that some people were stealing road construction materials and that some Malawians were issuing threats to the contractors.

“This is unacceptable. It is sad that those involved in the stealing of the materials are from here in Karonga who are going to benefit a lot from this road. The police are under instructions to arrest anyone involved in the malpractice,” he said.

He said it was pleasing that 33 per cent of the 54 per cent projected road construction has already been done.

Mhango said it was pleasing that the government has saved at least K1 million because of the use of quarry as opposed to cement in some parts of the road.

He described the Karonga-Songwe road as a hub of economic development in Malawi as it bridges the land locked Malawi and Dar-es-Salaam Port where most of the country’s imported cars and goods come from.

“Once this road is completed, the social economic status of the people in Malawi more especially Karonga district who depend upon rice farming will change for the better.

“Malawi being a land locked country we depend upon the Tanzanian port to import cars, fuel and many more items, therefore this road will enhance efficiency of business environment in the country,” Mhango said.

Roads Authority (RA) Director of Construction Engineer Sam Kadangwe hailed Zhejiang Communications Construction Company Limited (ZCCC), a Chinese company that is tasked with the maintenance and rehabilitation of the 46 kilometers Karonga-Songwe border road for a speedy job that the company is doing to finish the road in time despite numerous challenges faced such as persistent rainfall in the previous rain season and theft of construction materials among others.

The Karonga-Songwe (M1) road forms part of the North-South Corridor that connects Malawi to the port of Dar-es-Salaam. The government of Malawi with a loan from the World Bank is upgrading and rehabilitating the road and progress works is at 37% against a time lapse of 54%. The road is expected to be thoroughly through in June 2019.

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Ndikunyenyaninyenani Pumbwa Party

The Chinese treat Malawians like garbage. They pay exactly the minimum wage of K1,000 per day and without pension as per employment act. Since we are beggars we are not choosers. At least Mota Engil abide by the laws despite being forced in corruption by the dpp government. The dpp government is stealing through these numerous construction projects. The Lilongwe -Ntcheu road is already developing portholes on the shoulders that Bingu built. Kuba dpp too much.

3 years ago

This government seems to be too unwilling to help.when the donors are visiting this construction,they are always asking chinese
to engage a lot of Malawian sub contractors so that $2,000,000 which is in the agreement with world Bank ,to be the benefits of locals as sub contractors
I have never heard Japi or Government talk of this to the locals,yet it is well known to them.If this Government can not
even push these Chinese to engage locals how would our local improve their lives economically?

3 years ago

Mess with the Chinese at your own risk and get the wrath of DPP.

I do not condone stealing but then what do you expect when workers are paid peanuts?
By the way how many Chinese are on this project vs Malawians of Malawi origin?

3 years ago

This article does not make sense. People arrested for making threat to Chinese contactors or people arrested for stealing. Which one is which. Making threat is not a serious offence to my understating unless the authorities wants to appease the pink skinned people. Malawi sazatheka. You might find kuti athu agwidwawonso ndi wosalakwika

3 years ago

Apa mwaliputa Boma makosana ndipo mulimva kuwawa kuposa obetsa MK2.7b ku Police aja ndi olandira kamphatso or should say kachiongola dzanja or kachiponda mthengo ka MK145m aja kikikiki…….how I wish that magazine tittled “THIS IS MALAWI” was brought back into circulation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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