Mtandire residents have slammed Lilongwe City Council for the delay of the construction of Mtandire – Airwing road, which deadline has been extended without valid reasons
The six kilometer project which started in June this year was supposed to run until October, but it is still at its early stage.
In an interview with The Atlas Malawi, Group Village Chigoneka told he is suspecting something fishy between City Council and the contractor.
“It’s very disappointing to see how people are suffering here in Mtandire due to the poor condition of the road. Since they started in June, they are yet to complete a bridge, which is very crucial as it’s the only connection between us and the main road.
“All the construction work has got nothing to show but traits of corruption. In six months, the contractor has failed to deliver something worth pointing at, but the Council went ahead to extend the contract duration, without consulting us,” he said.
The Chief, representing other leaders, said they are going to take action if the Council continues delaying the project.
In a separate interview, Lilongwe City Council Director of Engineering Services Julius Tsogolani said they were notified by the contractor that the works will be completed by 15 January 2023, due to a number of challenges.
“We had a meeting with the contractor where he told us that the deadline has to be extended to 15 January due to challenges like relocation of services as we have been facing challenges for the relocation of Escom power lines. And another issues they said fuel scarcity in the past months also affected their plan” said Tsogolani
The K3.1 billion six kilometer project is in the hands of two contractors, FNC and Meshozi.