LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-A brave voter took on Member of Parliament (MP) for Lilongwe City South East constituency Ulemu Msungama over the now impassable Area 23 road in the capital Lilongwe.
Msungama is Malawi Congress Party (MCP) lawmaker and Sports Minister in President Lazarus Chakwera’s Tonse administration.
In a WhatsApp chat which has gone viral on social media, Limbani Million writing in his capacity as a ‘concerned citizen living around that area’ told Msungama that the road is in a very bad state and it needs urgent attention.
“Follow the right channel,” responded Msungama who is also Minister of Sports and Youth, according to The Atlas online paper.
However, this did not please Million who reminded Msungama that they voted for him to represent them in the August House.
“Tangoti mudziwe kuti ilo ndi limodzi mwa mavuto amene tikukumana nawo m’dera lathu. koma ngati mukuona kuti sizofunika it’s okay tinazolowela kale moyo otelowo, right channel mukuyidziwa ndi inu, what we know is that we sent our representative ku August House and that person it’s you,” he said.
Msungama was not immediately available for a comment.
In his Facebook post of March 13, 2021, Msungama assured constituents that works on the road were likely to start this month.
However, with few days before the end of May, nothing is happening on the road
“Government through Roads Authority has budget for the Area 23 Road. The detailed Engineering Designs are being finalised by a consultant PJ&K through Lilongwe City Council. The road will be advertised in the next 4weeks and works likely to commence in May,” he wrote
On February 18, 2021, Msungama urged constituents to have unity of purpose on development projects.
“For the past few days I have keenly followed through all discussions relating to the road. Equally, as your MP I do feel for your plight but at the same time share the concerns. Since we have this common ground, I urge each one of us move with unity of purpose. As we know, divided people fall while united people stand.
“The Area 23 road is not budgeted in the current fiscal plan. Inspite of this, I still pushed extra hard and exhausted other avenues for financing it. More importantly, I opted against minor renovations as such state of the road needs a complete overhaul. In view of this, I met senior officials from the Roads Administration Fund and Roads Authority.
“Reckoning the fact that Area 23 is a major contributor on fuel levy, agreements were made to construct a topclass asphalt road after the rainy season. This is a top class road with a 15 years lifespan that will not only be cherished by us but by children and other generations to come,” he said.
Msunguma has been in the media lately for wrong reasons including lies he made on MK9.5 billion swimming poor project.