A contentious electoral promise keeps haunting Rumphi West member of Parliament (MP) Jacqueline Kouwenhoven (independent).
Kouwenhoven allegedly won the seat after assuring the electorate that her benefactors were ready to fund construction of a tarmac road connecting Rumphi Boma with Nyika National Park, but she denies making the promise as she admittedly pledged to assist government identify donors.
Two years since she emerged victorious in the May 2014 polls, her constituents want her to fulfill the promise to transform the rugged earth road.
So widespread is the wait for Kouwenhoven-sponsored tarmac project that a concerned constituent recently penned President Peter Mutharika to authorise the MP to construct the road with “money from her friends in Europe” regardless of the wave of resistance she is reportedly facing from government officials.
The President, speaking on MBC Talk to the President on Sunday, encouraged the development partners to come forward and work hand in hand with government to ensure the long-awaited tarmac road is built to standard.
Kouwenhoven says she has no money for a project of such magnitude.