Funding Hitches Threat to Development- Chilima
State Vice President, Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima says unless government funds meant for various developments are readily available, development will continue to suffer in the country.
Dr. Chilima claims that most developmental projects in the country have stagnated due to funding disparities thereby denying citizens to benefit from different social amenities.
"Government-funded projects have suffered a lot due to a lack of funding. It is now high time government embark on initiatives when resources are readily available to address the problem," Dr. Chilima said.
He was speaking in Ntcheu when he inspected the first phase of the Ntcheu-Tsangano-Neno-Mwanza road project which has for several occasions missed completion deadline due to funding gaps.
On this, Dr. Chilima said was happy with the quality of work being done on the road project.
Roads Authority Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Emmanuel Matapa says despite challenges in the road construction, progress is being made.
"Apart from funding hitches, the contractor fell short of capacity hence affecting the progress of the work," said Matapa, adding that 55% of the works have been done.
The first Phase of Ntcheu-Tsangano-Neno-Mwanza road which commenced in April 2018 covers a stretch of 21 Kilometers.
Government of Malawi is financing the road project to a tune of 9.6 Billion kwacha with Malawi Defence Forces, Engineers Battalion working on the road project.