MPONELA ROAD SCARES AGRICULTURALISTS

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MPONELA ROAD SCARES AGRICULTURALISTS

AGRONOMISTS are demanding authorities to erect rumble surfaces at Mponela trading centre in Malawi’s central region district of Dowa.

Raphael Adam is the Chief Executive Director of Women Agriculture Development Organization, WADO.

He is asking the Roads Authority to erect rumble surfaces at the trading centre to control traffic.

Adam says the area from Mbolembole motel to Mponela Police station is accident prone as pedestrians cross the road without taking precautions.

He expresses worry that despite assurances by the police that they will be patrolling the road nothing has been done to that effect.

Adam suggests that the police’s assurance was just mere rhetoric.

The agriculturalist does not understand why the authorities are ignoring the challenge as people continue losing lives on a daily basis.

The concern expressed by WADO comes after another NGO, demanded for an immediate solution on the matter in February.

NAWO is an NGO, whose executive director is Marko Zebiah.

Speaking in a public meeting held five months ago, he thanked government for erecting rumble surfaces at Dzaleka refugee camp and humps on the Lumbadzi-Dowa boma – Chezi road.

Zebiah accused the Roads Authority of coming to the communities rescue too late after several lives were lost.

In his response, Mponela police station’s Officer-In-Charge said according to the Law, the Roads Authority cannot erect rumble surfaces on the M1 road which runs from Nsanje to Chitipa.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police noted with concern that some sections of the M1 road have no signs.

He said this is also the case with Mponela trading centre and the Mponela -Ntchisi road, a development which is making the areas prone to accidents.

Mpina, however, blamed the general public for destroying road symbols.

The O/C said what is of great concern is that when the symbols are mounted irresponsible citizens vandalise them.

He asked NGOs working in the area to carry out sensitization meetings with the residents on the dangers of removing and vandalizing road signs.

The senior police officer stressed that it is everyone’s responsibility to report to police those suspected of the malpractice.

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