Govt Yet to Compensate Project Affected Persons

President Peter Mutharika (in hat) during ground breaking ceremony for the road project President Peter Mutharika (in hat) during ground breaking ceremony for the road project - internet pic

As construction of Thyolo-Makwasa-Thekerani-Muona road is in progress. Some people whose property have been affected or are to be affected by the heavy machinery have raised concern over delays by government to compensate them.

Fisher Action, one of the affected people, told us they are living dangerously in their dwelling and business buildings that have already developed cracks and are earmarked for demolition.

He said their names were shortlisted in November 2018.

“Efforts to seek explanation from the District Commissioner’s office and Roads Fund Administration (RFA) on why it is taking long for government to honor our compensation have not yielded anything,” said Action.

Masauko Ngwaluko who speaks for RFA concedes it has taken long to compensate affected people and he attributed the problem to delayed funding from the treasury.

“Our duty is to compensate these people and surely we will, only that the treasury is also taking long to fund us but once they fund us we travel to Thyolo to remit the compensations,” said Ngwaluko

According to Ngwaluko, close to K500 million will be spent on compensation on the Thyolo-Makwasa-Thekerani-Muona road.

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