PPM to prioritize construction of Chapananga road

People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) Presidential candidate, Mark Katsonga Phiri has promised to prioritize the construction of the Chikhwawa-Chapananga road project if his party is voted into power after May 20 tripartite elections.

Katsonga made the promise during a series of whistle-stop rallies PPM conducted on Sunday at Kakoma, Phwadzi and Chapananga trading centre.

He accused the current administration of politicizing the K8billion (about U$ 20M) road project to woo people of the area to vote for the ruling People’s Party on May 20.

“My government will prioritize the construction of Chapananga road because it can greatly contribute towards improving the livelihoods of the people of Chikhwawa,” said Katsonga.

Katsonga campaign on bus ride
Katsonga campaign on bus ride

He also promised people of Chapananga that the PPM government will economically empower the rural masses so that everyone should be able to own a decent house.

“PPM government will not waste its time constructing small houses for the poor like what the current administration is doing, instead PPM administration will bring major economic developments in the rural areas for the people to be economically independent,” he added.

The PPM leader said he is saddened not to see good roads, hospitals, modern stadium and other infrastructural development in the area.

“The last time I visited Chapananga was 40 years ago and the only development that time was Malawi Young Pioneer Training Base at Kakoma. Therefore I can say that the area has failed to develop since the country attained its independence 50 years ago,” he said.

Katsonga said the country has been ruled by leaders who have self enrichment style of leadership at the expense of the poor who continue suffering with high poverty levels.

“I would like to assure you that all this sufferings will end when PPM is voted into government on May 20 because it will abolish account number one which provides administrations a chance to loot and plunder state resources,” he said.

He said his government would open government accounts in all the 28 district councils to improve transparency and accountability of state resources at the same time promoting decentralization.

In his remarks PPM aspiring parliamentarian for Chikhwawa West, Elijah Simbi described the constituency as one of least developed areas in the district because the rural masses have no access to good health services, education facilities, good roads and insecurity is also a major challenge.

“Once I am elected as Member of Parliament Chikhwawa West I would construct Police units to improve security of the communities who are living in hard to reach areas such as Chithumba, Gaga and Kakoma,” he said.

Simbi also said he would lobby government through the national assembly to construct Mwanza Bridge which has divided people of the constituency since it was washed away by heavy rains some years ago.

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