Area 24 residents in Lilongwe have described the township’s upgraded road as substandard following potholes and ragged shoulders that have developed less than a year after its rehabilitation.
The residents also wonder why the upgrading of the road ended at Area 24 Trading Centre and not at ZBS as earlier indicated.
One of the residents, Sandram Dausi, on Friday said they felt cheated because they expected a road of high standard.
“We are thankful to government that through the city council our road was among those considered for upgrading, but we are not happy with the quality of work that the contractor has [done],” he lamented.
But Plem Construction Company site agent Burnet Rodgers Ngoma said there are no slurry machines in Malawi. Instead, contractors rely on manual labour when construction works reach that stage.
“Slurry seal is usually done manually using what we call squiggles,” he explained, adding: “The upgrading of Area 24 Road was highly affected by the rainy season. We did not complete it as there is one more layer remaining which we will do by next week.”
Lilongwe City Council spokesperson Tamara Chafunya admitted that the Area 24 Road was supposed to reach as far as ZBS, covering a distance of 2.69 kilometres.
She said funds allocated to the project were not disbursed in full.