By Steve Chirombo
Chikwawa, May 17, Mana: President Peter Mutharika on Thursday officially commissioned the much awaited Chapananga Bridge in Chikwawa.
Mutharika said the bridge which connects two areas of Chimwanjale and Chibisa wards in the district will now ease transport challenges communities of the two areas faced.
The Malawian leader said the bridge was a necessary infrastructure which the previous regimes failed to prioritize.
“We had the colonial government, under the Malawi Congress Party and other past governments that you know which failed to construct such a magnificent facility.
“This is the bridge I promised to give you here. This longest bridge will facilitate people’s easy access to either side of this area on top of accessing various social services,” said Mutharika.
Mutharika, therefore, called on people in the district to seriously safeguard the bridge by not vandalizing it.
He also called on communities in the area to vote for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) come next week’s general elections.
“DPP has finally made it and will need you to vote for the party in next Tuesday’s elections,” he advised.
“Tick where you will see four maize cobs to give your vote to the DPP to continue leading and providing you with various development projects,” he added.
Earlier, Roads Authority (RA) Board Chairperson, Brown Mpinganjira thanked the president for commissioning the bridge.
Mpinganjira said the bridge was one of the most important developmental projects Chikwawa district and the country has ever had.
Government pumped in about K8 billion to construct Chapananga Bridge which is 180 meters long across Mwanza River which contractor PLEM Construction Company Limited has given it 80 years life span.