Malawi: Councillor Obtains Injunction Stopping K1.8 Billion Lilongwe City Road Project

Councillor Botha has obtained the ex parte (one side only) injunction from the Lilongwe High court restraining the Lilongwe City Council from implementing the K1.8Billion road Project.

The injunction comes amid written warning from Ministry of Local Government that the Lilongwe City Council (LCC) risk losing the whole lot of money following the dilly dallying which the council is doing in implementing the project.

LCC in August 2015 received funding of K1.8 billion towards tarmac of various roads within the capital city.

Some of the roads which were earmarked for the upgrading included 2Km Chipasula Area 23 road, 2Km NCIC to Ngwenya road, 2KM Chilinde Parish to Kawale road and 3Km Falls to Area 36 road.

Other roads to be catered are; Sent Bridge-Chenicheni Mchiti, Senti-Kaunda road, Ngwenya-ZBS, OIBM to Malangalanga, Six Miles-Ntaya road, and Chinsapo Police-Ngulube.

However, due to the devaluation of the Kwacha the money was not enough to fund all the projects instead, the Lilongwe Council only approved three.

The three roads included Mphwetekele, Ngwenya and Saint.

However, despite Councillor Botha of Area 24 Ward being among the councillors who approved the the upgrading of the three roads, he had a time for a second thought where he quickly consulted his lawyers and tie the whole process of the project despite the Council already identifying the contractor.

This did not please Member of Parliament for Lilongwe City Centre David Bisnowaty who has described the development as unfortunate. “After noting that the money will not be enough we dully approved the three roads but I wonder why this injunction,” Said Bisnowaty.

He said the court action will derail the project.

SOURCE: Nyasa Times