Friends of Neno for Speedy Road Completion
In an effort to make Neno District accessible and intensify its participation in the development efforts of Malawi, friends of Neno have formed an advocacy group that is aiming at facilitating a speedy completion of the Mwanza, Neno Tsangano road.
Chairperson of the advocacy group, Robert Ngaiyaye, says the group is made up of people who understand Neno’s potential in terms of agriculture and feel that the district could make an enormous contribution to the country’s economy.
Ngaiyaye says that their number one goal is to advocate for a good quality road that is delivered timely.
"Our passion comes from the knowledge that such a development will empower the people of the district who were once known as wheat, potato and citrus fruit farmers. However, lack of good markets and a good road network has stifled the district’s potential; meaning it can no longer contribute to the country’s growth through farming,” he said.
The group is planning to invite relevant ministers and personnel from the roads authority to visit Neno for a round-table discussion on the project.
The group’s public relations officer, Hebrews Misomali says the grouping is been formed from the realization of the importance of a good road network and is interested to see a timely completion of the road which started in 2014 and has seen three contractors on it, (Neno turnoff) each taking a five kilometer or less portion of the 43 km stretch to the boma.
Meanwhile, a separate group, called Public Expenditure Tracking (PET), is also accusing government and members of parliament for Neno of lacking political will on the road, saying they are neglecting the district in terms of good road network.
Chairperson of the grouping, Steve Donda, is on record to have asked government through the MP's to consider redoing the road as it has already been hit with serious potholes, a recipe for road accidents, coupled with serious bends and lack of road signs.
Both members of parliament for Neno South, Mark Katsonga and of North, Thoko Tembo say they will lobby parliament on the matter.