On Wednesday 2nd December 2020, a nineteen member delegation of the Parliamentary Committee on Statutory Corporations and State Enterprises led by the Committee’s Chairperson; Honourable Isaac Kaneka MP, toured the Chingeni toll plaza construction site in Ntcheu.
This is the second Parliamentary Committee to visit the site within a space of a month.
Speaking on behalf of the Committee, Hon Kaneka said that the Committee was impressed with the works progress despite some delays due to the effects of Covid -19 pandemic.
He further called upon the Roads Fund Administration to jealously guard against fraud and corruption and ensure that all the monies to be collected is put to proper use for the benefit of Malawians.
He assured the Roads Fund Administration of his committee’s unwavering support for the project.
In his response the Roads Fund Administration’s Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Malata assured the committee that they will ensure that the project extension cost is properly managed with allowable costs that are only attributable to Covid -19 effects. He informed the committee that the project was expected to be completed by December 2020. However due to the Covid-19 pandemic challenges, the project could not import some materials due to imposition of travel restrictions and lock downs in some economies. He was optimistic that the project will be completed by end March 2021.
In his closing remark Stewart Malata thanked the committee for being proactive by visiting the construction works in progress.
He informed the committee that road tolling is one of the RFA key reform areas and the administration is fully committeed to broaden the revenue base.
The chingeni toll plaza is one of the two toll gates under construction in Malawi. Both toll gates are financed by the Roads Fund. Once fully operational the two toll plazas are expected to generate a total of MK9billion per annum. The funds to be collected will be solely used to rehabilitate and maintain the M1 toll road.