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Roads Fund Administration (RFA) geared to construct tollgate in Salima

By Fostina Mkandawire

Salima, Mana: Roads Fund Administration (RFA) on Tuesday revealed that preparations for the commencement of construction of a tollgate at Naluva in Salima are at an advanced stage.

Speaking during a sensitization meeting with community members surrounding Naluva village in Traditional Authority Salima, Public Relations Manager for the RFA Masauko Ngwaluko described the development as vital for the development of roads in the country.

He said the tollgate will be an economic opportunity for the people of Naluva, because some of them will be employed in the construction work.

“This development will benefit people of Naluva their lives will be transformed, with the displacement of the community a compensation will be given for them to build even better houses,” he said.

He added: “Proper guidelines of compensating the community will be followed and the communities should not be worried about losing their homes, because land will also be allocated for the families.”

Ngwaluko said constructing tollgates across the country is a means for the Roads Fund to broaden its revenue base.

He said the tollgate will be constructed with funds from the 2022/2023 financial year, a total of K7 billion was allocated for the construction of three tollgates including the Naluva one, Chileka tollgate in Mchinji, and Gwai tollgate in Kasungu.

On his part, Salima Central Member of Parliament, Gerald Kapiseni Phiri called for transparency during the compensation process.

He said issues of displacement are sensitive therefore they have to be handled cautiously before the construction work commences.

“It is our hope that there will be smooth transition from the community to other areas they be will relocate to, we want this development to transform people’s lives,” he said.

Senior Chief Kalonga called for coordination between the community and the constructors, advising the constructor to employ local labourers and not bringing people from other places.

Currently, Malawi has two tollgates at Chingeni Tollgate Plaza in Balaka and Kalinyeke Tollgate Plaza in Dedza which were commissioned in 2021.

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