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Nkhata Bay Jetty politicised – locals

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People from Nkhata Bay Central Constituency have accused the government of sabotaging opposition parliamentarian for the area Ralph Mhone by ignoring calls to rehabilitate the jetty that connects the district to the island of Chizumulu and the district of Likoma.

The Nkhata Bay Jetty has been under waters since 2015, despite government pledges to rehabilitate it.

But Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango has downplayed the argument, saying construction works are underway.

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People from the area face challenges to carry goods in and out of a ship or large boats due to the absence of a jetty.

Eight out of 10 people we interviewed at the dock on Wednesday said the government is not taking steps to address the problem because the MP, Mhone, belongs to opposition People’s Party.

“At first, we thought the government had no money to rehabilitate the jetty [and] we understood them. But now we have questions that have no answers. How can such an important facility stay over two years without being renovated? Should we say the people who use it are not Malawians?” queried Yoswa Mkwewu from Senior Chief Mkumbira in the district.

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Easter Banda from Kakumbi area also said people suspect politics is at play.

Mhango, however, said people from the area should not be worried, arguing construction works have commenced although he could not elaborate on progress that has been made so far.

“Politics for what? We are aware of challenges people are facing at the jetty and we are working on it,” Mhango said.

He said what he knows is that the government has set aside funds for the construction of a new jetty in the districts of Nkhata Bay and Likoma, adding that the announcement was made in Parliament.

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