Committee skeptical about new roads’ funding

The Transport and Public Infrastructure Committee of Parliament says it is doubting on how the Roads Fund Administration will carry on with new road infrastructure developments.

According to the Committee’s vice chairperson Uchizi Mkandawire, the revision of the Administration’s development budget from K22 billion to K70 billion sounds quite unrealistic as compared to current economic trends in the country.

“We are skeptical somehow, considering the trends that we have seen over the years that we make budgets but financing becomes an issue.

“So, we asked them to give us an assurance because the development budget has been increased from about K22 billion to K70 billion which to us sounds a bit unrealistic,” said Mkandawire.

However, officials from the administration have assured the Committee that they will carry out the projects with the said budget because road infrastructure is one of the government`s priorities.

Addressing the august House through his State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Lazarus Chakwera said transport infrastructure and public works has been identified as an accelerator of economic activities.

He said there can be no exchange of goods and services without transport infrastructure.

The Malawi leader added that in the next financial year, his Administration will commence construction and rehabilitation of several road projects across the country.

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