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Nsanje-Marka Road construction progress impresses government

Written by  Martin Chiwanda
Raph Jooma listening tentatively at Mtayamoyo washaway Raph Jooma listening tentatively at Mtayamoyo washaway

Nsanje, July 31, 2019: Minister of Transport and Public Works was impressed with the progress of the K11 billion Nsanje- Marka M1 Road construction.

Ralph Jooma on Friday said China Railway 20 has demonstrated what President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika and his government has been advocating for.

“I am very happy to have seen for myself how the Marka-Nsanje road is progressing. They started the work in May this year but they have managed to clear where the road will pass and even constructed two bridges out of five. The road is raised even before the last part is done.
“This is a good gesture which has always been encouraged by our President, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika. I am very optimistic that government can offer more contracts to the construction company,” said Jooma.

He further reminded Malawians that upon completion of the project, it will among other things cut some expenditure on the part of the government when importing goods.
Jooma cited that expenses would be reduced as some goods would come from Beira which is 419 Kilometres from Nsanje to Mozambique compared with Nacala Corridor which is over 500 Kilometres from Liwonde.

He continued to say it is the wish of the government to revive the Beira-Sena Corridor joining Malawi with Mozambique as currently Malawi transports its goods from Mozambique through Zimbabwe.

Earlier in the day, the minister also toured Mtayamoyo Bridge which the government has showed strong interest to start constructing once the studies done in 2015 are reviewed. 
Roads Authority (RA) Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Emmanuel Matapa in an interview lamented the tendency of vandalizing road materials like burning of tyres on tarmac roads and stealing road signs.

Matapa said RA spends a lot of money to construct a tarmac road and it was their expectation that the road should have a life span of twenty years before it is amended.

“Let me condemn in strongest terms the tendency of vandalizing roads. The result of this is making the government lose a lot of money for reconstruction. So, let us desist from such bad behaviour,” urged Matapa.