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Accelerating Malawi’s Economic Growth


The Malawi Roads Author­i­ty (RA) is a qua­si-gov­ern­ment body which was estab­lished by an Act of Par­lia­ment in year 2006 with a man­date to ensure that pub­lic roads are con­struct­ed, main­tained and reha­bil­i­tat­ed at all times. All Pub­lic roads, which form the nation­al road net­work are under the Min­istry of Works and Pub­lic Infra­struc­ture. The Min­is­ter has how­ev­er del­e­gat­ed the duty of look­ing after the var­i­ous class­es of roads to var­i­ous Road Agen­cies like the RA, Dis­trict and Local Coun­cils and oth­ers. RA looks after the Main, Sec­ondary and Ter­tiary roads through­out the coun­try. To bet­ter man­age the road net­work, and respond to emer­gen­cies in good time, RA has demar­cat­ed the net­work along the Admin­is­tra­tive Regions of the coun­try and estab­lished an office to man­age the net­work for the Region. RA has three Region­al offices – in the North, South and Cen­tre. Region­al office North looks after all the net­work in the North of Malawi. Sim­i­lar­ly, the Cen­tral and South­ern Region­al offices look after the net­work in their respec­tive Regions while the Head office which is locat­ed cen­tral­ly in Lilong­we deals with pol­i­cy and strat­e­gy. This web­site has been estab­lished to pub­li­cize the activ­i­ties of RA. It is a medi­um through which the gen­er­al pub­lic, stake­hold­ers, devel­op­ment part­ners, gov­ern­ment etc.) are informed and updat­ed on what is hap­pen­ing on the Malawi Road Net­work. It is hoped that the infor­ma­tion found here is use­ful and infor­ma­tive. We have how­ev­er, with­in the web­site, pro­vid­ed for a feed­back mech­a­nism from you, the vis­i­tors where you may sug­gest any improve­ments in terms of con­tent and qual­i­ty of infor­ma­tion post­ed. You may also alert or sug­gest to RA ideas that may help to improve the net­work and make Malawi roads beau­ti­ful, reli­able and safe. We hope you will have a good expe­ri­ence in vis­it­ing our site!. You can also find us on Face­book, twit­ter and LinkedIn. 


  • Ensure that pub­lic roads are con­struct­ed, main­tained or reha­bil­i­tat­ed at all times; 
  • and Advise the Min­is­ter and, where appro­pri­ate, the Min­is­ter respon­si­ble for Local Gov­ern­ment on the prepa­ra­tion and the effi­cient and effec­tive imple­men­ta­tion of annu­al nation­al roads pro­grammes referred to in Sec­tion 22 of the Roads Author­i­ty Act.


To be the best Agency and Author­i­ty in the man­age­ment of pub­lic road network 


To devel­op and main­tain the pub­lic road net­work infra­struc­ture in a cost effec­tive man­ner with a view to pro­vid­ing an acces­si­ble, reli­able, effi­cient, safe, sus­tain­able, eco­nom­ic and envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly trans­port sys­tem in Malawi through a high­ly moti­vat­ed and pro­fes­sion­al team. 

Core Values

  • Be dri­ven by the need to per­form effec­tive­ly, effi­cient­ly and eco­nom­i­cal­ly in the con­struc­tion and main­te­nance of roads in Malawi; 
  • Ensure that all work is car­ried out accord­ing to accept­able design stan­dards and specifications; 
  • Con­duct its busi­ness in an open, trans­par­ent, account­able and com­pet­i­tive man­ner; Ensure opti­mum uti­liza­tion of local resources; 
  • Ensure com­pli­ance with envi­ron­men­tal and road safe­ty reg­u­la­tions; and 
  • Assure its man­agers are giv­en man­date to man­age as part­ners to achieve its goals and hold them total­ly account­able for their actions 

Board of Directors

Mem­ber­ship of the Board of Direc­tors com­pris­es ten mem­bers rep­re­sent­ing the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors who gov­ern the Roads Author­i­ty. The Board defines the over­all pol­i­cy of the Author­i­ty and sets the gen­er­al con­di­tions for its oper­a­tions. The mem­bers are from the Road Trans­port Oper­a­tors Asso­ci­a­tion, the Bus and Taxi Oper­a­tors Asso­ci­a­tion, the Nation­al Road Safe­ty Coun­cil, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Local Gov­ern­ment Asso­ci­a­tion, two rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Nation­al Con­struc­tion Indus­try Coun­cil and two mem­bers of the pub­lic, rep­re­sent­ing the gen­er­al inter­ests of the pub­lic. The Sec­re­tary for Trans­port and Pub­lic Works and the Sec­re­tary for Local Gov­ern­ment and Rur­al Devel­op­ment are ex-offi­cio mem­bers. Each board mem­ber, oth­er than the ex-offi­cio mem­bers, has a three-year term. The Board of Direc­tors elect a Chair­man and Vice Chair­man from amongst their number. .