Funding Cripple Ntcheu-Tsangano Road Project
Funding woes have crippled construction work of Ntcheu-Tsangano-Neno-Mwanza road.
Zodiak Online can reveal that two weeks have elapsed since works stopped due to funding hitches.
Our visit to the site, found heavy-duty machines stationed apparently for lack of fuel to operate.
It has also transpired that some workers and casual labours have spent two months without getting paid.
"We are owed money ranging from K60,000 to K600, 000 each for the said period. When we inquire, no concrete answer is provided from authorities," the concerned workers said.
Malawi Defence Force (MDF) spokesperson, Major Paul Chipwanya said the MDF was not in a position to comment.
However, spokesperson for Roads Fund Administration (RFA), Masauko Mngwaluko says currently they have no overdue payments for the Tsangano road project.
He insisted to Roads Authority and MDF would know why the work has stopped but officials from the two institution have given no concrete information.
Meanwhile, Ntcheu West legislator, Simion Salambula has expressed shock with the continued delay of the project saying it is denying his people their right to development.
"Authorities told us construction works were halted due to rains and promised to resume once it stop. To our surprise, nothing is happening on the ground but we are no longer in the rainy season," he said.
Malawi Government is financing the road project to the tune of 9.6 billion kwacha.
The first phase of the road project covers a stretch of 21 Kilometres from Tsangano Turn off to Kambilonjo Trading Centre in Ntcheu.