Letter to the Editor

Road abused in Chipata

Dear editor,
I WRITE to express my profound disappointment with the way the newly rehabilitated Great East Road is being subjected to abuse in Chipata.
My concern arises from lack of care by the residents and trucks in transit. The newly constructed drainages have been turned into dumping spots of litter, especially in areas like Mareferendum, Down shops near Stanbic /AGS Cements depot/Fort Jameson Laundary, Mwami border, the truckers whilst awaiting clearance, some of them fill diesel and lubricants in jerry cans to decant into their trucks, thereby spilling it onto the newly laid asphalt road.
It is common knowledge that nay form of fuel or lubricant is harmful to asphalt.
Since there is no dry port at Mwami Border, a deliberate effort could have been made by designing reinforced concrete panels on this stretch of about 100 to 150 meters like what is being done at toll malls.
With such kind of attitude, one wonders how many times Government is going to borrow money to undertake expensive rehabilitation of roads.
If indeed Chipata is aspiring to be a city, the mindset of residents over litter disposal should change.

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