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Lunkhwe Bridge an economic connector – legislator

Written by  Steve Chirombo
Lunkhwe bridge in Chikwawa to boost economic opportunities Lunkhwe bridge in Chikwawa to boost economic opportunities pic by Steve Chirombo

Chikwawa, January 08, 2019: Member of Parliament for Chikwawa Nkombezi, Llyod Malola has said the construction of Lunkhwe Bridge at Jombo River in the area of Senior Chief Ngabu would bring a lot of economic opportunities.

Malola made the observation at the weekend when Minister of Transport and Public Works, Jappie Mhango commissioned Lunkhwe Bridge.

He said the bridge which connects people of Lunkhwe and other surrounding areas would facilitate movement of farm produce to nearby markets such as Nchalo Trading Centre.

“Communities around here cultivate a lot of crops such as cotton, sorghum, millet among others which they would now be taking to markets for sale unlike in the past when there was no bridge.

“The bridge connects people of Lunkhwe, Jombo, Kholongo, Nyasa and Jasi who will likely benefit much from the development. We thank government for the prestigious gift,” said the parliamentarian.

Malola recalled the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) manifesto which indicates provision of passable roads and construction of durable facilities in the country, adding that the infrastructural developments give a lot of volumes as to how the country’s leadership values development.

On his part, Paramount Chief Lundu thanked government for constructing the bridge, which, he described as a saviour to the people in the surrounding areas.

“Before the bridge was constructed, people’s lives were not safe. Some people lost their lives and property. We really need to give credit where it is due,” said Lundu.

Speaking at the same function, Mhango said it was the wish of DPP-led government to improve lives of rural Malawians by providing them with visible developments which include all weather roads, among others.

Mhango said the commissioning of Lunkhwe Bridge falls in line with the government’s vision of transforming rural areas where around 80 percent of Malawians live.

“People here have been neglected for so long and that is where our shift is to ensure that even the rural masses access very good developments and this is one of them,” said Mhango.

Mhango, however, said it would not be possible to carry out all developmental projects within a space of five years, appealing to people to vote for the DPP come May 21 this year to ensure continued development projects.

“We have lived to the expectations of Malawians by implementing a number of projects, this bridge will enable people from different areas have access to social amenities like hospitals, schools. People will also receive farm inputs right in their localities which was not the case when the bridge was not there,” Mhango said.

Located about five kilometres from Nchalo Trading Centre, the K235 million 25 metre long Lunkhwe Bridge has been designed to carry goods around 35 tons and is expected to last for 50 years, according to the contractor, Samwama Civil Engineering.

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