Malawian President Peter Mutharika on Wednesday promised to industrialise the country within the coming five years if he wins the upcoming elections.
He was speaking at the officially launch of the 95 Kilometer Lilongwe-Kasiya-Santhe road at Kasiya Community Ground in Traditional Authority (T/A) Khongoni in Lilongwe.
Malawi host its tripartite elections on May 21.
“I want Malawi to industrialize in the next five years when you vote for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government,” said Mutharika.
“Malawi is for Malawians, nobody will stop us from improving the lives of Malawians for together we are unshakeable and unstoppable.”
According to Malawi24, the president also expressed hope that the road will improves livelihoods and help reduce poverty in the country.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Transport and Public Works, Jappie Mhango said Mutharika is committed to implementing the projects he promised to fulfil in 2014.
“Recently, the President opened the Mzuzu- Nkhatabay and Karonga-Songwe roads and today he has officially launched this road. The durable roads that his government has constructed will help in promoting transportation in the country,” Mhango said.
Traditional Authority Khongoni hailed Mutharika for implementing projects that were in DPP’s manifest.
“Many leaders in the past made empty promises regarding the same as such we are grateful to the ruling government for this development,” said Khongoni.
Khongoni added: “The road will save a lot of time to users which will eventually allow them to engage in other developmental activities. It will also boost agriculture and trade as it will allow farmers and businessmen to ably transport goods across the country.”
Construction of the Lilongwe-Kasiya-Santhe road started in August, 2015 and it was projected to end in August, 2019. The road has been built by Mota Engil.