Mhango opens Lichenza Bridge

Written by  Allan Phetembe

Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango on Wednesday officially opened the Lichenza Bridge worth 51 Million Kwacha that connects Thyolo and Chiradzulu districts.


Speaking when he presided over the commissioning of the infrastructure, Minister Mhango said the construction of a new bridge at Lichenza River is proof that Democratic Progress Party –DPP administration has the welfare of people at heart.

“Construction of a new structure at Lichenza River is a continuation of major projects that the DPP government and the leadership of Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika are undertaking aimed at improving road networks in rural and urban areas across the country,” Mhango said.

He said the bridge will enhance mobility between people of Chiradzulu and Thyolo districts unlike in the past when many people were facing difficulties in accessing markets and other social amenities.

“I am happy that the Lichenza Bridge has now finally opened for use. I hope that the structure will among other things ease transport problems in Thyolo North Constituency and also give people in the area access to health facilities at Nguludi and Bvumbwe especially expectant women,’’ he said.

Addressing a gathering at Malimba primary school, Mhango, urged people in the area to fully support the DPP government to ensure its victory in 2019 polls saying that he and the DPP government have the welfare of people at heart and it has to be supported fully by all Malawians.

Speaking at the same function, Member of Parliament for Thyolo North Edmunds Kaduya expressed gratitude for the bridge saying the area has lost a lot of productive Malawians as they attempted to cross the river especially during the rainy season.

“This is a government we need as Malawians; the bridge will spur the country’s economic growth,” Kaduya said.

The Parliamentarian then advised people in the area to take care of the infrastructure and property for future generations.

“During the rainy season when the water levels are high, people have to wait till the water levels go down, while some still cross and end up being washed away by the running water. This bridge has restored our hopes in this area and no one will die due to drowning or being washed away,” said Kaduya.

Lichenza River originates from Bangwe in Blantyre and pours its water down into Thuchira River.

It is a perennial river, with peak flows during the rainy season.

Chingelezi Civil Engineering Company was contracted by Roads Authority to do the works to the tune of 51-Million Kwacha.

Construction Works began in August in 2017 and was completed by March this year.

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