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Thursday, 14 December 2017 14:55

RFA approves additional K1.2 billion for ZCC road projects

Written by  Evance Chisiano

 

Zomba, December 14, 2017:  Zomba City Council (ZCC) is expected to receive K1.25 billion from the Road Fund Administration (RFA) in the 2017/2018 financial year to implement road projects.

This follows another allocation of K1.52 billion which ZCC received previously to implement a “Go Green’ solar powered project in which the council installed street lights in the city road stretch of about six kilometres. The funds are also currently used to rehabilitate city roads and bridges.

RFA board chairperson Bernadette Mandoloma disclosed this in Zomba Wednesday during a tour of the RFA financed projects to appreciate the progress.

Mandoloma said Zomba being an old capital, has roads that have outlived their life span, hence RFA’s approval of additional funds for the project as a matter of urgency.

“Zomba has been allocated a total sum of MK 1.25 billion for roads [projects] and this could be revised upwards during mid-year [review] should resources allow,” she disclosed.

The council is currently rehabilitating Ntiya-Namadidi, Chancellor College-Chikanda roads and a flea market ring road which, if completed, will improve the flow of traffic in the city.

The council has so far upgraded Sukayako, Likangala, and Thundu bridges from timber to concrete decks.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for ZCC, Dyson Jangiya commended the RFA for the support which he said has assisted the city to reclaim its past glory, saying Zomba was neglected after the capital was moved to Lilongwe in 1975.

“We will ensure that ZCC rehabilitates all the important roads within its jurisdiction and continue upgrading the bridges to concrete decks,” said Jangiya.

A Zomba City resident, Daniel Kondwani said he was impressed with the installation of street lights along the main road saying this would improve security in the city.

Zomba was declared a city on March 9, 2008 by former President late Bingu Wa Mutharika.  

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