Community members around Chipata primary school in Mzimba South Constituency were on Thursday demanding money from people and motorists crossing damaged Chipata bridge which they were voluntarily maintaining.
The community members were doing mentainance works at the bridge and were asking individuals crossing the bridge to pay MK100.00 each while motorists were being charged MK500.00 per single cross.
Speaking to Malawi News Hub, leader of the group who identified himself to this publication as Robson Mwandira said they were doing the job voluntarily and the money received from passersby was to help them to buy soap and other groceries.
When asked why they choose to do the mentainance works on such day, Mwandira said that Thursday is a market day at Jenda therefore thousands of people may cross the bridge.
Mwandira added that all those who refused to pay were denied a chance to cross at the bridge and advised to use alternative long way.
Among the motorists who were denied to cross the bridge after refusing to pay something were a business man at Ehehleni trading center Chitafya Chunga and Mapopa Honde who resides in South Africa.
Isaac Honde a business man at Embangweni trading center was among the motorists who paid MK500 to cross on the river using the bridge.
Malawi News Hub reporter identified Chiketekete Chipeta as one of the community members working on the bridge on that day.
Community members who spoke to this publication expressed different views with some saying this is a tendancy in Mzimba South Constituency while others say its only communities around Chipata School who demand money from passersby when they are doing voluntary works.
Chipata bridge is one of the busiest bridge connecting Ehehleni trading center and Jenda trading center in Mzimba South Constituency.
Village headmen and other community leaders in the area were not available for a comment.