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Roads Authority Board dissolved

Jacob Hara

Minister of Transport and Public Works Jacob Hara has dissolved the Roads Authority (RA) Board.

In letters, dated April 25 2022, to members of the board, including Boniface Dulani and Board Chairperson Joe Ching’ani, Hara says he arrived at the decision after being furnished with a report of the board of inquiry he appointed to inquire into the conduct of the board.

“The report has unearthed numerous shortcomings by the board in the discharge of its duties and obligations. It is with greatest regret that therefore to terminate [sic] your appointment as board member of the Roads Authority with immediate effect,” the letters read.

Hara’s spokesperson Kelvin Sato confirmed the development.

In a separate statement Hara said the board of inquiry found among others serious corporate governance failures, financial governance failures, failure to supervise management of Roads Authority in accordance with its mandate and project procurement oversight failures.

“The noncompliance on the part of the board, has led to dysfunctional management system of the Roads Authority, delays in commencement and completion of road projects, poor workmanship in road construction projects, misprocurement, exhorhitant claims, unnecessary interest claims leading to avoidable loss of money,” the reads the statement.

Last year, the board was split on how the decision to fire chief executive officer Engineer Emmanuel Matapa and director of corporate services Auda Msiska was arrived at.

The RA Board fired Matapa and Msiska without disclosing reasons, but the development came at a time the authority was under fire for commencing the Kenyatta Drive Road expansion project from two-lane to six lanes in Lilongwe without carrying out an environmental and social impact assessment.

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