The rehabilitation of the 46km road, which passes through a steep mountainous terrain and two major rivers of Limphasa and Kalwe is part of the Mtwara Development Corridor that is linking Malawi to Port of Mtwara in Tanzania.
President Mutharika said the road was a promise delivered.
“According to Roads Authority, we are currently constructing 17 big road projects. These plus other town roads, we are in total constructing about 30 roads. Improvement of road system is very vital in as far as development is concerned. There is no country on earth that ever developed before developing a road network system,” said President Mutharika.
Meanwhile after applauding government for fulfilling its promise of delivering the road, Senior Chief Mkumbira of Nkhata Bay directed that the road be named after Arthur Peter Mutharika.
“We have been waiting for this road for so long. Now that the road is finally here, I declare that it is Arthur Peter Mutharika Road.
And in response, the President said he was honored with the Chief’s directive even though he, himself was ready to name the road after one of the great sons of Nkhata Bay.
“I accept the honour, but I will still name one of the projects here in the North after one of the brave sons of this land,” said President Mutharika.
Germany contractor Zulin Strabag International constructed the road to the tune of K17 billion sourced from the African Development Bank (AfDB).
And according to AfDB Resident Representative to Malawi Frank Mvula, the road has not only been constructed within its budget, but also with a saving.
“Out of the saving, the decision has been made in consultation with the Roads Authority to channel it towards construction of duo-carriage way from Mzuzu High court to Mzuzu Shoprite,” said Mvula.
Concurring with Mvula, Transport Minister Jappie Mhango said: “The dualisation of the section will change the ambiance of Mzuzu City and the people of the North Region will remain forever indebted to you.”
Before inaugurating the road, President Mutharika also toured the newly constructed Nkhata Bay Jetty on Lake Malawi.