Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango has warned contractors involved in the feeder roads grading project that they will be prosecuted if they deliver substandard work.
The minister issued the warning on Friday in Mwanza where he launched the K2.89 billion National Feeder Roads Grading Project.
The 90-day programme, being implemented by Roads Authority (RA) with funding from Malawi Government through the fuel levy of the 2017/18 financial year, will cover all districts.
In an interview on the sidelines of the launch, Mhango said the grading of rural roads is crucial for the development of the country as it will improve accessibility to market centres, thereby reducing post-harvest losses for farmers.
He said: “The President recently launched the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy III [MGDS III] whose key component is infrastructure development. This is in line with the strategy. Any contractor who gives us substandard work will face the consequences. Their honeymoon is over.”
Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi, who also attended the launch, described the programme as a landmark event.
“This will transform the country because transport is a lifeblood of any country’s development,” he said.
RA chief executive officer Emmanuel Matapa said they have identified 30 grading contractors who have been given their sites to start implementing the programmed.