After being cheated for decades by previous administrations, communities living and motorists driving along the M5 (Salima-Nkhotakota Road) can breathe a sigh of relief following the commencement of the construction work on the road.
The incumbent administration set aside MK37 billion for the implementation of the project where the Malawi Government, through the Roads Authority, has partnered with China Railway 20 (CR20).
Roads Authority has indicated that the project will be completed on November 17, 2024.
The Authority has since started raising awareness among stakeholders and communities.
Roads Authority Senior Public Relations Officer, Portia Kajanga, told stakeholders on Wednesday that they wanted the community to be well aware of the project and, of course, calling for support and collaboration so that the development meets their needs and priorities.”
Salima Social Welfare Officer Edwin Kasiyafumbi emphasized the need for a professional and ethical relationship between the community and the road contractors.
Kasiyafumbi urged the community to refrain from engaging in sexual relationships or marriages with the contractors during the construction phase.
“These, among other issues, put lives at risk of contracting existing or new diseases,” he emphasized.
Traditional Authority Khombedza commended the government for the commencement of the project, saying the road has high economic value to the nation.
Khombedza said when completed, the road will attract and boost businesses, creating new job opportunities and driving economic growth in both districts.
The project, which has been eagerly awaited by local residents and commuters, is expected to improve traffic flow and spur economic development in the area.