People of Ntonda in Ntcheu want the Manjawira-Biliat Road upgraded to facilitate smooth transportion of foodstuffs to Blantyre.
Speaking during a meeting for members of Parliament (MPs), councillors, district council officials and Local Advocacy Network (LAN) organised by Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) on Monday, Ntcheu South MP Damison Chimalira (independent) said he has written the Roads Authority (RA) about the road several times, but to no avail.
“This part of Ntcheu is one of the most important bread-baskets of Malawi, but the road network is in a poor condition. I have written the RA several times on the issue,” he said.
Chimalira said people are not asking for a tarmac road, but rather upgrade it to gravel level so that it is passable throughout the year.
Ntonda Ward councillor Morris Richman said people are tired of waiting for the road upgrade which connects the country to one of the most productive agricultural areas.
EAM projects officer Alice Chaweza said they wanted to see an empowered citizenry actively participating in decision-making both at local and national levels and able to claim its rights and hold duty-bearers accountable.
EAM is holding the meetings in Lilongwe, Nkhotakota, Ntcheu and Mchinji with funding from Bread for the World, the Protestant Development Services of Germany.