President Peter Mutharika Wednesday afternoon launched the construction of the 80-kilometre Lilongwe-Kasiya-Santhe-Kasungu Road with an appeal to Malawians to stop lazying around and be self-reliant to develop the country.
Speaking during the launch of the K39 billion road project, the President said government can only help those who help themselves.
He said: “As Malawians, we need to work and stop banking on government to do everything for you. We can only help those who are helping themselves. You need to be self-reliant and stop dependency.”
The road is expected to provide an alternative route to Santhe and Kasungu through Kasiya, an agricultural-rich rural area in Lilongwe.
Besides, the road will also have a seven-kilometre spur into Kasiya Trading Centre.
Currently, Santhe and Kasungu, are only accessed by an all-weather road through Kamwendo in Mchinji from the Lilongwe West direction. The other route is the M1 Road through Mponela and Madisi in Lilongwe which is 120 kilometres long.
Minister of Transport and Public Works Francis Kasaila said the road will open up economic benefits for the country as it will connect Lilongwe to Kasungu, the hub of tobacco and will also make transportation of goods and services easier.
Portuguese industrial and construction conglomerate, Mota-Engil, is constructing the road which will be finalised in