By Grecium Gama
Fargo Malawi Limited recently sensitized people of Mulanje district on the importance of observing road safety advice as a way of mitigating the occurrence of road accidents on the Phalombe-Chitakale road whose construction is currently heading to completion.
A joint venture between Fargo and UGCC is constructing the 180 Kilometres road from Ndege in Zomba via Phalombe to Chitakale in Mulanje district.
Speaking during road safety campaign shows that took place in various trading centres along the road, traffic police officers from Phalombe and Mulanje advised community members against the removal of road signs and encouraged them to observe all road rules.
“A road without signs is a death trap for both drivers, cyclers as well as pedestrians because everyone does not know what to expect on the road as such he/she can easily make mistakes that will lead into accidents,” said Superintendent George Chimombo Station Traffic Officer for Mulanje.
He further confirmed that there have been a lot of accidents on the road under construction, many of which result from over speeding by drivers and cyclers.
Statistics from the road traffic department at Mulanje Police Station show that over the past five months there have been 2 fatal accidents, one serious one and countless minor accidents.
Apart from the protection of road signs, the sensitization campaign also tackled issues of HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases as they relate to road construction company workers who travel from place to place to work.
Commenting on the issues, representative for Senior Chief Nkanda committed to take the messages further to people in her area in order for it to bear fruits.
“As you can see, a long mileage of the road lies in my area; this is why I need to play a role in emphasizing these messages so that my people can observe them. I will be strict on issues of removing and damaging road signs because they are the ones that really concern my people,” she said in an interview.
Fargo and the United Gulf Construction Company are also constructing a multi-million kwacha bridge along Thuchila River at Nkando Trading Centre due to the devastation of the old bridge by flooding water over the past 3 years.