Village X, a Zomba town-based group of youth from Senior Chief Chikowi in the district, has handed over a 54-metre bridge worth K10 million to communities.
Speaking on Monday during the handover, Village X director Myson Jambo said they wanted to ease mobility challenges in the area.
He said: “The bridge connects communities to institutions such as schools, health centres and markets.
“It was difficult for people to access services from these institutions due to mobility challenges. I appeal to people to take care of the bridge.”
Senior chief Chikowi thanked the group for the gesture.
“It was expensive to transport farm produce to markets because people used to hire motorcycle taxis,” he said.
The chief pledged to engage fellow traditional leaders to sensitise their subjects on the importance of taking care of the infrastructure.
One of the community members, James Liwago, said it was difficult to cross the river during the rainy season.
“Many children used to abscond classes when the river was full. This is what we call patriotism when people think of their homes,” he said.
The group received funding from well-wishers in the United States of America for the project.