The Parliamentary Committee on Transport and Public Work has disclosed that construction of the Jenda-Edingeni Road will start before December 2017.
The committee chairperson Victor White Mbewe made the remarks in Lilongwe on the sidelines of a meeting Catholic Commission of Justice and Peace (CCJP) called to brief stakeholders on the status of the Machinga-Lirangwe-Chingale Road.
Mbewe emphasised that the financier will soon release funding to allow for the implementation of the second phase of the Jenda-Edingeni Road.
He said: “You may recall that that road has got some big bridges already done. The first phase was completed. The second phase is expected to start very soon. In fact, the financiers were already notified.”
Village head Loti Chisambi recently feared the delay could be a deliberate ploy by the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) so that it can use it as a campaign tool ahead of the 2019 Tripartite Elections.
“We are very suspicious. Why are we be subjected to this treatment by all governments as if we are not Malawians?” asked Loti Chisambi.
Inkosi Mzukuzuku Jere and communities surrounding the area have also raised concerns over government’s delay to complete the project. n