Closure of Damaged Roads Affecting Our Business - MOAM
The Minibus Owners Association of Malawi (MOAM) says the closure of roads damaged by Cyclone Freddy has affected their businesses as diversions are forcing its membership and passengers to use long routes and which is costly.
MOAM president, Coxley Kamange has told Zodiak Online Friday that now they are using a lot of fuel on alternative routes and in bad roads.
"With this, people have to use the alternative routes which are very long and this is coming with costs because they need to put in more fuel and travel in bad roads. It is really unfortunate to our passengers," Kamange worried.
Kamange has however hailed government for the efforts in place to repair the damage, calling on the minibus owners not to take advantage of the situation to raise the fares since the cyclone has affected everyone.
Currently, damages on Phaloni bridge in Phalombe, Sunuzi bridge in Zomba, Thuchira bridge at Nkando in Mulanje and Nsuwadzi bridge at Nansasala in Thyolo among others, have cut road access to either sides of the areas.
Recently, Roads Authority spokesperson, Portia Kajanga said there were 43 damaged sites in the south where contractors have been deployed to fix them temporarily.
The cyclone has caused extensive damage on various infrastructure, such as houses, bridges, schools and health facilities; washed away crops, killed over 500 people and displaced thousands currently in evacuation camps, according to authorities.