Government says it plans to upgrade the 45-kilometre Chitipa-Ilomba Border Post Road following massive international trade taking place between Malawi and Tanzania.
The road, which passes through Chitipa North and is almost impassable during the rainy season, takes cross-border traders to Tunduma, a town in Tanzania.
In an interview on Saturday after commissioning a K39 million Wiwogholo Bridge in the district, Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango said the road has been earmarked for upgrading to all-weather standard.
“Upgrading works to bitumen standards are underway in Tanzania; hence, we also need to act swiftly and upgrade our side,” he said.
Mhango said the road is critical for enhancing the socio-economic growth of the country because it connects Malawi to Tanzania and Zambia.
He said with increased cross-border trade between Malawi and Tanzania, the road has now become our priority,” Mhango said.
Traditional Authority Mwaulambia asked government to act with speed on the project.
Presidential adviser on youths Nick Masebo also asked government to construct a road from Chitipa to Nthalire.