Roads Fund Administration chides councils


The Roads Fund Administration (RFA) has taken a swipe at city councils and contractors regarding the quality of work on some of the roads being constructed in the country’s four cities under the Roads Rehabilitation Project.

RFA Board Chairperson, Bernedette Mandoloma, said the organisation was displeased with substandard work delivered by some contractors. She cited some contractors’ failure to factor in space for drainage systems, a development that leads to the cracking of roads.

She said a number of councils, including Mzuzu, where she inspected projects Friday, are tempted to cover more kilometres of the road surface by thinly spreading the resources at the expense of quality designs.


Mandoloma said, during the year of implementation, some road agencies and contractors have paid little regard to value for money. She, therefore, warned that RFA will no longer make payments to contractors unless a technical audit verifies that the work is of recommended standard.

“We have written you on this matter and I would like to reiterate that, in future, all project designs should be of asphalt surfacing as it is of high quality, unlike the most preferred cape seal,” Mandoloma told Mzuzu City Council (MCC) officials.

RFA, according to Mandoloma, ensures that supervising engineers are independent of the council as a quality assurance mechanism.


Mandoloma called on the secretariat and the political arm of MCC to settle their differences, saying they are having a negative impact on project implementation.

“We have seen roads being rehabilitated in patches because every councillor wants to pull resources to their ward. This should stop. It is better to have one complete road than patches as is the case now. We are appealing for a cordial working relationship between the secretariat and councillors,” Mandoloma said.

MCC Deputy Mayor, Alexander Mwakikunga, insisted they would maintain their current approach to project implementation, arguing, as politicians, they remain accountable to the people who elected them into positions.

“We are nearing elections and none of us is taking chances. The most important thing is that everything is going on well and contractors are doing a good job,” Mwakikunga said.

For the 2017/18 financial year, the government, through RFA, has allocated K7 billion for roads rehabilitation and street lighting project and Mzuzu will be given K1.2 billion.

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