By Blackson Mkupatira, Mana
President Prof. Peter Mutharika has underscored his administration’s commitment to transform the country through development of road infrastructure.
Speaking at Chambe Primary School ground on Saturday, when he officially opened the Zomba-Jali-Phalombe-Chitakale Road in Mulanje, he said through infrastructural development, the country would economically transform.
“All the countries that are developed now like Germany started with construction of good roads. A good road network is a prerequisite for development. We are taking the development to the people, we want in the future to have no remote areas in the country,” Mutharika said.
The 102 kilometres Zomba-Jali-Phalombe-Chitakale Road that links districts of Zomba, Mulanje and Phalombe, according to the President, would boost trade and promote tourism sector.
Mutharika added that it was his administration’s dream to see livelihoods of rural masses drastically improve.
He said the 45 kilometres Muloza-Chiringa Road would provide an alternative route from Mulanje, Muloza Border to Phalombe through the Muloza drift.
“This will boost local and international trade between Malawi and Mozambique,” the Malawi Leader added.
Commenting on the anti-government demonstrations, Mutharika said he has no problem with people exercising their rights but cautioned that he would not tolerate looting.
Minister of Transport and Public Works, Ralph Jooma said infrastructural development is crucial for the development of the nation.
Traditional Authority (TA) Mkanda commended government for constructing the road would reduce the travelling distance to Mulanje district.
“We were losing due to maternal complications because the road was very rugged. Now the efforts of safe motherhood will easily be enhanced,” she added.