Speaking during the official launch of the Blantyre Bypass road at Misesa Primary School Ground in Misesa, President Mutharika said no country can develop without the construction of good road networks as they link people to attaining economic independence.
President Mutharika added that the Bypass Road will play a critical role in improving the safety and reliability of Blantyre traffic links which will in turn reduce and eliminate delay of vehicles and improve the traffic conditions of the existing roads adding that the Bypass road will modernize Blantyre and the outskirts of the City.
“This road is part of a bigger vision for the City of Blantyre. In addition to this Bypass Road, we will soon be launching construction of a Dual Carriageway from Clock Tower to Chileka Airport,” said President Mutharika.
The Malawi leader said his government has plans underway for various projects which include stadiums, roads and airports.
“Soon, Blantyre will have an expanded Chileka International Airport. A bigger airport will create more jobs; bring more tourists and more business to the City of Blantyre. Blantyre City will have a new business park that will create more jobs and we are also in the process of constructing a new stadium in the City of Blantye,” explained President Mutharika.
President Mutharika speaking during the rally
After the ground breaking ceremony, President Mutharika addressed a developmental rally at Misesa Primary school ground where among other issues, he promised the people of Malawi that government has enough maize and no one will die of hunger in the country.
“I remember the time that people criticized my government for refusing to sell maize outside the country. If we had sold that maize, would we have been able to sustain the looming hunger in the country? Let me assure you, we have enough stock of maize and we will make sure that all those that have been affected by the shortage of rain and will not harvest enough maize have food at all times,” said Professor Mutharika.
Taking his turn Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango commended the President for the developmental projects that he has been implementing including the improved road networks.
“We have had tremendous progress in as far as improving existing and constructing new roads is concerned. Government has made sure that this development is wide spread and every region benefits from this. The tarmac roads that we have in the cities and rural areas are a testimony to the progress your government is making,” explained Mhango.
Jappie Mhango, Minister of Transport and Public Works
He added that his Ministry together with officials involved in looking into the construction projects will work hand in hand to make sure that all contracted engineers and constructors do their job professionally and with high standards.
The road, which is 186 kilometers starts from Chigumula to Mpemba. From Mpemba, the road will go round to Chileka Airport. From Chileka, the road will cross the M1 road to join Zomba Road near Njuli Quarry. The Bypass Road will divert from Zomba Road at Chiradzulu Turn-Off to Mzedi area, Club Banana in Bangwe and turn back to Chigumula through Mtenje.
Tahit networks are the ones contracted to construct the bypass and the first of Mpemba to Chigumula road will take approximately one year to complete and will use about K4.6 billion.