The government of Malawi, thought the Minister of Transport and Public Works Francis Kasaila, has announced Mota Engil as the preferred bidder for the Njakwa-Livingstonia-Chitimb road PPP project.
The project is expected to be developed in three years. Specifically, the new 80 km road runs from Njakwa at Chipokawawoli Bridge to Livingstonia Mission and ends in Chitimba where it joins M1 road. The project aims to stimulate tourism by making a number of attractions in and around the Nyika National Park and the Vwaza Wildlife Reserve accessible to visitors.
The total project investment is estimated at US$80 million.
Francis Kasaila commented:
"We are serious about the project we are starting. We have learned a lot of lessons from those we have executed previously and are determined to do things differently. The good thing is that it will be funded by a contractor whose capacity to deliver a project of this magnitude is beyond a doubt."
In addition to the Njakwa-Livingstonia- Chitimba road, the government of Malawi has plans to carry out other road projects such as Jenda-Edingeni, Rumphi-Nyika and Mzimba-Eswazini-Kafukule-Ezondweni roads in the Northern Region.