Rains of terror cut off M1 Road  at Enukweni in Mzimba: Diversion via Engucwini Road

The only reliable, Mzuzu-Karonga M1 road is impassable after culverts at Enukweni between Mzuzu and Bwengu in northern district of Mzimba collapsed due to heavy rains, rendering it impassable to motor vehicles.

The damaged section on the M1 at Enukweni, so 37 kilometers from Mzuzu City

Roads Authority spokesperson Portia Kajawa, however, said they have  already identified a contractor, Chivundo Civil Engineering for rehabilitation.

She said, meanwhile, people should use the 38-kilometre Endongloweni-Chiyombe (around Kacheche area)  via Engucwini road as  a diversion.

But this earth road can lonely be used by vehicles of up to five tonne capacity as  it also becomes impassable during the rainy season.

“As a permanent solution, a bailey bridge will be launched and the road authority is in the process of sourcing bailey parts from Mpatamanga,” Kajanga said.

Roads Authority chief executive officer Emmanuel Matapa said his office was given the mandate to construct and rehabilitate a number of roads nationwide.

He said M1 from Kamuzu International Airport junction to Mzimba Turn-off and the dilapidated Chiweta Road will also be upgraded.

The Lilongwe-Kasungu-Mzimba Turn-off Road is one of the driving nightmares in the country as it is riddled with potholes, narrow and has a worn-out shoulder.

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Mdala
Mdala
12 days ago

This road authority and their road fund is such a mysterious apparatus, where no ordinary citizen know where our fuel levies disappearing! I doubt that toll gates are the redemption to this problem! Poor contractors are the next and corruption is the biggest!

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
12 days ago

mu dedza township anthu akumwa madzi a pa mpopi koma ngati nkhimba zimasambilapo.
ati kaamba ka mvula ma pipe sali bwino akumatseteka ndi zinyatsi.
AFUFUZENI afufuzeni. akumauza ma residents kuti apeleke ndalama awasinthile ma meter olo awatsukile meter zo pa ntengo wa 3pin.
boma la DPP SOPANO SILINAPITE.

ndalama zimapelekedwa zija bwa. kale munkamupasa namagwelu ndi mabwana ena kumangila manyumba zibwezi siconco.
TAKOZANI IZI ZISANAULULUTSE WA PA DZALA

HAPPY
HAPPY
13 days ago

FEDERAL SYSTEM IS NEEDED FOR THE NRTH MALAWI TO GET FAIR SHARE OF DEVELEOPMENTAL PROGRAMS FOR SURE

Bloodied Cartoon
14 days ago

Palichani apa! Go via lakeshore road to ‘appreciate’ the beauty of our roads! [Jacob Zuma once complimented Malawians on their quality roads]

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
14 days ago

State of roads in Malawi are both pathetic and embarrassing.

Tizgowerengewaka Mughogho
Tizgowerengewaka Mughogho
14 days ago

Chivundiko engineers have been there since before Christmas last year when the water in the river was very little. But they did not manage to solve the problem. Why didn’t you engage a competent company with vast experience to do the work. I suspect some corruption played a raw. All nepotism played a raw. Government be serious

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
14 days ago

The company is known for its substandard work.

Mdala
Mdala
12 days ago

Their cuverts are so poor, they are cracked before reaching the side!

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
14 days ago

ngakhale ife osadziwa za mmene zimakhalila , Tar wake akangowaza pamwamba .kuzila . miseu yomanga opanda foundation. olo munthu wamba opanda setifiketi ya Engineer atha kuonapo vuto. ma engineer analipo apa. Anthu wasted our taxes kudya mwakathithi then ma allowance pokatsekulila nseu umenewu.
it sucks.
vuto lakalekale ili nde wina kumati
malawi azasandutsa SINGAPORE..
mxiiii.

Mzakwacha Nixon's
Mzakwacha Nixon's
14 days ago

Road Authority in Malawi is useless….the so called M(from the south to songwe)the road isn’t even worthy to have such a name….it’s like a road going to a farm.
Road Authority,you have travelled,seen roads,why can’t you construct such roads(N1,2&3)…..you can’t even find pot holes on these roads… beautiful,flat&comfortable.
Msewu M1,cut.. wake up please Malawi R Authority..kikikiki
Pangani M1 wowoneka (brand new)with token gates….
Happy New Year.
Durban
Kwazulu Natal
+27724922299

shaharry
shaharry
13 days ago

Sizingatheke misewu yabwino. Road Authority mabwana ake okanda corruption, afufuzeni. If corruption continues at this rate in Chakwera’s Govt, forget about Road development

Ziso
Ziso
14 days ago

Road authority should learn to inspect and repair culverts before they collapse. You mean the road authorities do not have a record of when the culverts were done, what was their lifespan and when should they have been replaced?

Jonas
Jonas
14 days ago
Reply to  Ziso

Inspection YES, Lifespan for a culvert I doubt…it can take as long as the road is in service. With changing settlement patterns the hydraulics may change which results in excess water to the inlet which was not designed for hence the need for periodic maintenance which may justify alternative structural configurations to cater for the flow regime changes….Well RA should always update the database on bridge and culvert inspection which I agree with you and might not even be available….

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
14 days ago
Reply to  Ziso

mu M1 ma locals timafoysera ma potholes tokha.
kuseza pamitu.

nanga ma kontract opatsana pa ma ubweziwa ife sitingazithe.

Kudya katatu patsiku
Kudya katatu patsiku
14 days ago

Mabvuto alipo

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