President Dr Lazarus Chakwera has ascertained Nsanje chiefs that he will deploy more development projects which will boost the status of the district and in the long run boost trade.
Speaking after meeting the president at Sanjika Palace last week, Senior Chief Malemia said they met the president to appreciate on development projects the Tonse Alliance led administration is giving them.
Said Senior Chief Malemia: “Government has recently given us K69 billion 72 kilometres railway project from Bangula to Marka. Besides continuing with the construction of Nsanje-Marka M1 road plus a temporary bridge at Mtayamoyo costing it around K13. 1 billion.
“This never happened in our history. That is why we requested for his audience to express our gratitude. The two projects mean a lot for people of Nsanje because despite changing the face of the district, there will also be job opportunities to our sons and daughters,” he said.
The Senior Chief said they also asked the president to link them with the people of Makhanga and Fatima under Senior Chief Mlolo by providing them with a bridge after it was washed away by the 2015 floods.
According to the Senior Chief, President Chakwera has promised them that he will do something as they are waiting to have a duo carriage for both vehicles and railway at the same place.
On the other hand, Senior Chief Mlolo said people in her area find it tough to reach the district headquarters as they go through 72 kilometers earth road to Thabwa then descending down while others put their lives at risk by crossing two rivers of Ruo and Shire at Mtayamoyo.
“Issues of lawlessness mostly occur because the area can’t easily be reached by Chiromo police as we have few officers there but thanks to government as it is currently constructing a police unit and that a team of police officers are deployed to intensify security. But we are patiently looking forward to this precious promise from the president,” said Chief Mlolo
She further said once done, they will be linked with others and they will receive several developments from the council since even some non-state actors are reluctant to reach out to them.
During the meeting, the president met eight traditional leaders except a representative of Mbenje whose chieftaincy is currently in court.