Lilongwe City Mayor, Desmond Bikoko has said the Council has hired full time engineers who will help in not only rehabilitating roads but also assist in constructing new roads within the City.
Hie remarks comes after, reports through the Mzinda platform-an online hub where citizens voice their concerns to relevant authorities expressed their dissatisfaction over the slow progress on the construction of the road that extends from Area 18B through Senti to Area 25.
One citizen who lives in Senti, Hussein Jalia, said despite that part of the road has been finished it has already started developing potholes.
“The pace of constructing the road was very slow, even as the road was being constructed, some parts were beginning to crack. We tried to ask those who were constructing as to what was happening but they could not provide us with concrete answers,” he said.
Another citizen from the same area Alex Kalisto also bemoaned saying the road lacks proper drainage system such that when theres too much rain all the debris gets to be deposited in the middle one the road.
“In addition to the many potholes that it has already, this is not good for development of this country, the road has just been poorly constructed,” he said.
In an interview recently, councillor for the ward, Admson Lipenga also expressed his dissatisfaction over the road. According to Lipenga, the road is worth, 4.1 kilometers and it was agreed that it be
constructed in phases.
“The first phase which was 2 kilometers, was completed, and we are now waiting for the second phase, but I must say we are not happy with the first phase because the road has already started developing potholes barely a year after it was completed. When I engaged the Council, they said they would look into it,” he said.
Mayor for Lilongwe City Council, Desmond Bikoko is optimistic that many roads who are facing similar challenges will be fixed in due course. He also commended the work Mzinda platform is doing.
“Of course we can not deal with all the issues which are raised on the platform, because we are also constrained in terms of resources, but I can assure the people of Lilongwe that, the Council has engaged full time engineers who will look into all issues of roads construction and rehabilitation,” he said.