People of Nkhata Bay recently took Roads Authority (RA) to task following delays to commence work on the Mzuzu-Nkhata Bay Road.
The people last week planned to demonstrate over the delays, but failed after Nkhata Bay District Council held an impromptu meeting on Friday during which RA officials clarified matters surrounding the delay.
RA public relations manager Portia Kajanga, who was also present at the meeting, apologised to the people for what she termed “a nursed communication vacuum.”
She said: “I know you were really worried because there had been a deadly silence as you had not been following progressions in relation to the project for quite a long time now.
“We cannot blame you, but understand how the delay has affected your welfare taking into consideration the current state of the road.”
She said a contractor is expected on the ground in the next two weeks.
Representing fellow chiefs, Senior Chief Mkumbira said he was relieved as there had been pressure on local leaders pertaining to the project’s delay.
The project is pegged at K16.8 billion (about $26.2 million) and will involve rehabilitation of the 47-kilometre road. n