Communities in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mbwana in Nkhata Bay have constructed a five-kilometre road connecting Nkhata Bay and Mzimba district.
This follows transport challenges the people in the area have been experiencing, especially connecting to Mzuzu where they access social services such as schools, hospitals and a market.
In an interview with The Nation, group village head (GVH) Kasasile said children in the area experience challenges to get to schools on the other side of the villages in Mzimba during rainy season.
“We have been experiencing transport challenges which have resulted in pupils’ absenteeism at school.
“In addition, children’s lives were at risk in an attempt to cross the rivers during rainy season,” he said.
Kasasile also claimed women have been giving birth on the way to the hospital at Choma, using another route which is longer.
In a bid to solve the problem, Albert Mtungambera Harawa led the communities in clearing the road that has now shortened the distance to Choma where the hospital and schools are located. He, therefore, called on government to come in and improve the road the communities have cleared themselves.