President Lazarus Chakwera yesterday assured people of Nsanje district that construction works of Nsanje-Marka M1 would be completed by December this year.
The President made the remarks when he toured construction works whose progress is at 85 percent.
He bemoaned delays that were encountered due to poor funding, but expressed optimistic that there would speedy progress, saying by now, the contractor has received all his dues.
He added that once completed, people would travel for a short time to reach Beira in Mozambique.
“The road is important because it will reduce distance one has to travel from Malawi to Mozambique. At the same time, we will be able to access cheap goods and services from our neighbouring country,” the President said.
He called on Malawians to unite, saying unity was paramount to transforming the country.
“Let’s all work together if we want to develop our nation and if we want to achieve what every Malawian wants,” he said.
The 25-kilometre road, which is being constructed by China Railway No.20 Bureau Group is expected to cost over K11 billion.
On the Shire Zambezi Waterway Project, Chakwera assured Malawians that the project was still on government’s development agenda.
“With a rehabilitated and functioning transport system in Nsanje, the district will be transformed to a city where visitors coming in the country from Mozambique will experience city life here at Nsanje,” he said.
Works on the road were supposed to be completed in March this year, but they delayed due to funding.