NENO-(MaraviPost)—Neno district has been painted blue as people of the quarantined county are waiting for President Peter Mutharika’s first visit since the leader rose to power in 2014 after winning the controversial elections.Mutharika, who braved the waters of Lisungwi River during campaign period, will visit the district on Thursday, 23rd June, 2016.
Among other things, the president is expected to open the community hall, depot and the magnificent Neno district hospital which was constructed by Partners In Health (PIH), an organization which has completely changed the face of Neno.
Maravi Post’s visit to the district on Monday found that security officers were everywhere whereas the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporters in their blue regalia were seen doing dancing practices every corner of the district’s paths.
Some of the residents, who spoke to this reporter, expressed excitement with the coming of the president while some regard the president’s visit as confirmation to their dream of having a tarmac road.
“I am happy with the coming of the Head of State. To me, I think it’s a clear testimony that the leader is indeed serious to give us tarmac road,” said the resident identified as Peter Phiri.
Another resident said: “You know the president has showed determination to upgrade our earth road into tarmac road and his coming is a good gesture. We heard it on radio but on Thursday we will hear it straight from his mouth.”
Another resident who chose not to be named had no kind words for the district council for being busy maintaining dilapidated structures, arguing they were supposed to be in that state for the president to appreciate problems facing the district.
“I am waiting for the president eagerly and my main issue to hear from him is about tarmac road. But I am surprised with the officials from the council. They are busy maintaining the depot which has been left without proper care since it was constructed.
“They have even started a new floor for the hall and they are watering the community graound. Where were they before the president promised to come? This is total madness and it raises questions. They collect money from the stadium but they fail even to slash. They are getting money from every facility they own but still they fail to take care of them. Where do the funds they collect go? Cash-gating?” fumed the resident, adding “they want cleanliness even when the president is at Kamuzu palace.”
The last time Neno received the incumbent president was in November 2013 during Joyce Banda regime.
Neno is the only district without tarmac road and they have been the victims of never-met promise since the dawn of democracy.
Meanwhile, government secured a grant totaling to US$179.4 Million from Chinese government to undertake construction of a 140 kilometer Tsangano-Neno-Mwanza road.