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CDEDI Pens Chilima On Abandoned Road Rehabilitation

By The Radar, LILONGWE

A local governance institution, Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives-CDEDI has sought the intervention of Vice President, Dr. Saulos Chilima for quick rehabilitation of the 38.3 kilometer Muloza-Mulanje Drift-Sukasanje-Chiringa Road.

CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa fears the area will be hard to reach again once the rainy season begins again and wants Chilima to use his executive powers.

In a letter to Chilima, copied to Transport Minister, Jacob Hara, CDEDI demands that Chilima should direct the Roads Authority to use military bridges, gabion baskets and poles to replace the loose soil used while working on the more permanent measures.

“Our immediate fear is that anytime the rainy season will be setting in, and this means that the same areas that were hardest hit by the devastating Cyclone Freddy will be cut off again.

“In the process, this will make it difficult for the area to have access to both food and agricultural implements such as fertilisers,” he says.

The road, which connects Mulanje and Phalombe districts, was abandoned at least two years ago.

Then, Chilima who had toured the project, terminated a government contract with M.A. Kharafi and Sons, a construction company that was rehabilitating the road over failure to renew performance security.

He assured the nation that a new contractor would be identified to complete the project.

“Furthermore, in the spirit of transparency and accountability, and in line with the Access To Information (ATI) Act, Malawians may wish to be reminded by you Sir, on what happened to the previous contractor M.A. Kharaffi and Sons and the resources that were earmarked for this project,” reads the CDEDI letter.

Press Secretary in the Office of the Vice-President Pilirani Phiri has confirmed receiving the CDEDI letter in an interview with the #NationOnline and that he will get the issue to Chilima’s attention.

Chilima during inspection of the project in 2021.

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