Second phase of Jenda-Edingeni Road resumes: Jappie says project to end in 3-years

Construction of the second phase of the Jenda-Edingeni Road has resumed effectively rekindling hope among the surrounding communities that government will finally live its word on the project.

Minister Jappie Mhango: Project done in phases 

Abu Dhabi Fund is financing the 53 kilometre-long road construction project (to bitumen standard – class one) from Jenda to Edingeni; a development that has brought excitement among locals who believe this will boost economic activities at trading centres such as Embangweni, Edingeni, Kamchocho and Euthini, which is close to the Zambian Boarder.

But for some time now, there has been no construction work being undertaken on the road, raising fears that the project will not materialise at all.

Others have even been speculating that successive governments are using the road to garner voters support from Mzimba in favour of the governing party.

However, the Minister of Transport and Public Works, Jappie Mhango, said on Saturday that the project stalled because there were some disagreements with the financier, which forced the Malawi Government to start mobising local resources for the completion of the project.

Mhango assured that this time government will ensure the project does not suffer similar problems as it has been the case over the years.

“The Jenda-Edingeni Road is being phased. We first constructed 15 kilometres and we are now constructing the other 15 kilometres to Embangweni. And that’s the way we are going to progress with this particular road,” said Mhango.

The minister indicated that the project will end in three years.

Recently, Village head (VH) Loti Chisambi expressed dismay with the delays,  suspecting that the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-led administration was equally trying to use the project as a campaign tool ahead of the 2019 tripartite elections.

“We are very suspicious. Why are we be subjected to this treatment by all governments as if we are not Malawians?” asked Loti Chisambi.

“Our subjects are being to wonder if at all this project will come to an end. Remember, this is an overdue project. Hence, the fear by the people is very justified. We wish it could be completed,” said Loti Chisambi.

He said their subjects were ever more worried with rumours that government has abandoned the project to concentrate on other roads elsewhere, particulary in the South.

Inkosi ya Makosi M’mbelwa said he will personally hold authorities accountable on the progress of the road.

“I have their contact details and this time around, I will not hesitate to call them if I see that there is no progress on the project,” said M’mbelwa.

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Abu

If it will take three years to finish this project then shame on you. The remaining distance to Edingeni from where the first phase ended should not take that long.

National CEO
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National CEO

How many years will it take to complete this road?

Dan
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Dan

Dada Mhango you eed to know kuti tawanyinu nase kususkulu tili kuyako kulusakzso imwe. So whan you communicate communicate that that is just and reasonable. When you speak know that you are sepaking to people who understand and not to silly beings only. Ka mseu ughu ghulikukhalapo nyengo uli utali kufuma apo mukanjilira mu boma> Ka nyengo yose iyo mukalimbananga na frinancier? MMMM A Mhango lryani waka ivyo mukugawana mwawenecho but spare banthu of the trash you are saying here once and for all

Riccoh
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Riccoh

Ayamba kumpanga msewu chifukwa cha kapeni chenjerani wenu mzimba
Kuvotera dpp yayi
Wayamba kukukhumbani sono chifukwa mavoti

Mlakaviwa
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Mlakaviwa

So the development is road construction hahahhssh

JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
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JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder

What should development be or mean to you, Mr knows it all? Mumangofuna kutsutsa baasi? Mupusapotu apa. Pena pake mudziyamba kuganiza kaye musanachite post umbuli wanu apa.

Kapado Chimuthawirenji
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People are not stupid to be fooled like this. Let me assure you Mhango and team that your efforts will yield nothing, but sorrow.

JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
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JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder

Well after all you only have one vote so don’t you think the anger you have towards minister Mhango should translate into losing votes.

Dan
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Dan

Dont let your stupidity reign over here if it reigns somewhere else. It is one vote that counts for any win. 36% made your mbuyanu to be declared a winner even when 64% rightfully did not want him to rule them. Likewise your Mhango needs to manage him utteraces, Why did he not inform these people before now about the phases? How many projects have experinced this absurdity? That the project would now take 3 more years? Why can you be wise enough to know that even the village Headman is able to see the folly in the talk?