Member of Parliament (MP) for Zomba Lisanjala constituency Enock Luka has expressed concern over government’s delay in beginning the construction of Lirangwe-Chingale-Machinga road.
Speaking during a meeting organised by Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCCJP) in Zomba, the MP asked government to take the matter seriously.
Luka said there is lack of transparency on the issue since government is failing to inform them on what is delaying the road. He also explained that the minister of transport promised him that the project will begin soon but he is yet to fulfil the promise.
“I am very concerned due to the delay of the project, the minister just told me that they will start in July but there has been no progress ever since,” he said.
He further said he is failing to explain to residents the reason the road is delaying because he also does not have information on the matter.
Commenting on the issue, Zomba Diocese CCJP director for research and development Raphael Yusufu asked the government to take the matter seriously. He said government should encourage donors to quickly release funds for the project so that construction of the road should begin.
Last month the ministry of finance told the media that it had sourced K7.3 bilion from the Kuwait Fund for International Development for the project but there is need to mobilise more funds because the road is expected to cost K34 billion.
The 62.3 kilometre road extends northwards, passing through Chingale and Chinseu Trading Centres in Zomba district and connects the Zomba Liwonde Road at Chingale Turn-off in Machinga.