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Government pumps K5 billion in Mchinji Road

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The government has said it has set aside K5 billion for the upgrading of Kawere-Mkanda Road in Mchinji District.

Transport Minister, Jappie Mhango, said the government is interested in improving the road from earth to bituminous standard in the 2018/19 fiscal year.

“This is in line with the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy III, which is a policy framework that articulates issues related to both economic growth and development,” Mhango said.

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Mhango added that the project would involve upgrading 10 kilometres of the existing earth road to class II bitumen standard road.

Mchinji District Commissioner, Rosemary Nawasha, said the development raises hopes that the road may finally be completed after works stalled about four years ago Nawasha said, if completed, the road will promote socio-economic development in the district and the country as a whole.

“The area the road passes through is famous for agricultural activities as people grow tobacco, maize, beans, potatoes and groundnuts. Upgrading the road will ease challenges faced in transporting farm inputs and produce to and from various markets,” Nawasha said.

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Senior Chief Mkanda said his subjects have created a committee that will supervise the work and make sure that community members do not vandalise property.

The project is being financed by the government and the road is a continuation of the S118 Road from Mchinji Boma going eastwards.

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