Malawiâ€™s Minister of Labour Eunice Makangala on Friday launched the long-awaited rehabilitation project of Ndirande-Matope Road in Blantyre.
The project, being funded by the Local Development Fund (LDF) to the tune of K28 million (about $94 000), starts from Ndirande minibus terminal to Matope.
Makangala, who is also Member of Parliament for the area, said the project will be completed in 90 days.
Jaidi Mbwana, a resident of the area, said the road will ease communication in the area.
â€œI am happy because we were having problems to take sick people to Ndirande Health Centre because the road was in bad shape,â€ he said.
The road passes through the health centre which caters for the sick from Goliyo, Mtambalika, Zambia, Chinseu, Magalasi, Matope, Nyambadwe, Chirimba and other areas in Blantyre.
Businesspeople in the area could also not hide their joy, saying the road will stimulate business opportunities in the area.
Callista Chimango, a grocer at Safarao Market, said he was spending a lot of money to hire people to carry goods from the minibus terminal to the shop.
â€œWhen I go to Limbe to buy goods, I have been hiring people to help me carry the commodities to my shop. The road was bad and most motorists stopped using it,â€ he said.
Former Members of Parliament of the constituency have been using the road as a tool to win votes.
â€œMost candidates used this road to win our votes, but when they were voted into power they did little to rehabilitate it,â€ said Chimango.