By Moses Masiye
Communities under group village Kainga in Malawi’s western part of Ntcheu district have for the past 14 years been denied access to safe drinking water, better markets, and health services among other services due to absence of bridges on Rivirivi and Mwansambe rivers.
Group village Kainga told this blogg on sunday after member of parliament for Ntcheu west constituency Reverend Mwayi Kamuyambeni laid a foundation stone to mark the beginning of construction works on Riviririvi river, where there has been no bridge for the past 14 years.
“Since floods washed away the bridge on Rivirivi river in 2001, life has been hell since we can not use the shorter route to Ntcheu boma to access health services, sell our produce among other services,” said Group village head Kainga.
She said people in her area have also on more than two occasions lost a chance to have boreholes drilled in the area as vehicles could not reach the village.
GVH Kainga added that:- “Our village was one of the beneficiaries of Concern universal, a non governmental organisation that wanted to drill boreholes, but these were relocated elsewhere after the vehicles carrying the heavy drilling machines failed to reach here due to absence of bridges on both sides.”
She said she is grateful that within a year since parliamentarian for the area was elected, a bridge on Mwansambe river has been rehabilitated, though it is still the longest to the boma, unlike the one under construction.
Rev Kamuyambeni said he has spent over 3million from the constituency development fund (CDF), to ensure that atleast the people have an opening to several developments through rehabilitation of the one on Mwansambe river.
The parliamentarian said though the construction of the 13 million kwacha bridge on Rivirivi river has commenced, there are no funds available and appealed to well-wishers to come in and assist.
Community development assistant for the area Christopher Sanena said the district council will come in to assist, but was quick to attribute the failure all along, to lack of resources.
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