By Daniel Namwini – MANA
Members of parliament for Lilongwe central constituency Hon. Lobin Lowe and Msozi North constituency Hon. Sosten Gwengwe who are also Ministers of Agriculture and Trade respectively on Friday handed over the newly constructed concrete bridge worth K79.8 million from Roads Authority.
The Community members from Traditional Authority (TA) Kalumba and Chadza in Lilongwe district will benefit from this newly constructed concrete bridge worth K79.8 million.
Speaking during the bridge handing over ceremony to the community members in TA Kalumba and Chadza in the district, Hon. Lowe said the newly constructed bridge will improve and save the lives of people.
“Many people have lost their lives both during the rainy and dry season when crossing the unconditional old timber bridge on Mzingo to Lunguzi road.
“So the coming in of the concrete bridge will assist people in the community to cross the bridge any time they want without any harm,” he said.
Lowe who is also the Minister of Agriculture said through the bridge, farmers from both constituencies will be able to transfer and sell their yields to their nearest markets such as Mitundu Trading Centre, Chitsime Admarc sales points and among others.
In his remarks, Tifele Kanada from Mzingo Village, TA Kalumba said in the years of 2012 and 2015 they lost two people who were crossing the old timber bridge going to sell their farm yields at Mitundu market due to worn out of the beams, chassis and runners of the old bridge.
“The northern pier of the timber bridge collapsed due to poor workmanship and mortar mix while the central piers were badly scoured and undermined as such foundation bases were exposed and collapsed.” he lamented.
TA Chadza thanked the government for replacing a timber bridge saying it would add to the beauty of their areas and improve the transportation of goods and services.
He also appealed to community members to take care of the bridge.
Nzingo bridge lies on the Nanjiri river which separates the two constituencies and the two TAs of Chadza and Kalumba.