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Every Part of Malawi must open up - Mutharika

Written by  Kondwani Chitosi

Lilongwe, November 4,  2015: President Professor Peter Mutharika says it is his government’s vision to see every part of Malawi to be road linked.

“Every part of Malawi must be opened up. Malawi is land linked,” said Mutharika during the official opening of the K4.1 billion Lilongwe City West Bypass road.

Mutharika said his government recognises the importance of good road networks in accelerating development and will for this reason construct several roads such as Zomba-Ntaja-Phalombe Road, Karonga-Songwe Road, Dowa-Lumbadzi Road and Liwonde-Mangochi Road by 2019.

“Malawi is moving forward. This road is just part of a higher vision of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). This development must start at the heart of Malawi which is Lilongwe, the capital city of the country,” said Mutharika.

Mutharika said his government will now focus on the Lilongwe City East Bypass Road, and several dual carriage roads within the city such as Parliament- Area 18 Road,Parliament- Kamuzu Central Hospital Road and Kanengo-Area 25- Mchinji Road.

“Nothing will stop us from developing this country,” said Mutharika.

Minister of Transport and Public Works, Francis Kasaila speaking at the opening ceremony held at Chinsapo Primary School said the road which was 90 per cent financed by the African Development Bank (ADB) will enable international traffic going to Zambia and Mozambique to pass through Lilongwe without disturbance.

“Apart from minimising delays for international traffic going to Zambia and Mozambique, the road will also allow domestic traffic going to the north and south of the country with minimum delays.

Furthermore, the construction of this new road will induce more developments in this part of the city,” said Kasaila.

ADB Country Representative, Andrew Mwabi speaking during the official opening ceremony said the completion of the project which started on 19 November 2012 and was completed on 12

November 2014 is another mile stone in unlocking Malawi’s potential for sustainable development.

He said his bank believes that lowering transport costs in Malawi will accelerate development for Malawi and Africa.

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