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Mulanje Chiefs, Villagers Applaud EPM for Rehabilitating Muluzi Bridge

Official handover of the bridge Official handover of the bridge - pic by Hastings Jimani

Chiefs and villagers in Traditional Authority Njema in Mulanje District have expressed their gratitude to Eastern Produce Malawi (EPM) Limited, a tea growing company in Mulanje and Thyolo for rehabilitating Muluzi Bridge in Mulanje district.

The bridge connects Safari and Songwe villages in Traditional Authority Njema.

The bridge was destroyed by the March, 2023 Tropical Cyclone Freddy and the company handed over the bridge to the community on Tuesday.

"Apart from connecting the two villages, people from GVH Safari and surrounding villages cross this bridge when going to Naphimba Health Centre so too the children when going to Songwe Primary School," said T/A Njema.

Managing Director of Eastern Produce Malawi Limited David Reynolds said the bridge will bring life back to people in the community.

“The bridge is important to both the community and the company as some of our employees live in this area and they cross this bridge, so I am very much delighted that today we are handing over the bridge to the community, said Reynolds.

District Roads Supervisor at Mulanje District Council Lonjezo Chigongono told Zodiak Online that the Cyclone Freddy damaged most roads and bridges in the district and he pleaded with the private sector and organizations to help in rehabilitating the damaged roads and bridges.

"EPM engineers consulted us from the beginning to the end of the project and as a council we are satisfied with the quality of work at the bridge," said Chigongono.

The company has spent K28.5 million in rehabilitating the bridge.

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