Muluzi visits UK Westminster: Talks on Visas, appeals for Malawi support

Malawi’s Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Atupele Muluzi, has been in UK last week on official business and visited Westminster at the House of Commons and House of Lords to lobby and mobilise support for Malawi, particularly for the energy sector.

Muluzi outside DFID offices in London.-Photo by Thom Chiumia, Nyasa Times

Muluzi outside DFID offices in London.-Photo by Thom Chiumia, Nyasa Times

Speaking in interview with Nyasa Times from London, the minister described his tour as “extremely successful”.

Westminster

During his visit to Westminster where he met parliamentary committee on Malawi desk as well as holding discussions with Lord Steel and Lord McConnel, Muluzi spoke of cementing development partnerships founded on mutual respect, saying the Malawi/Scotland Partnership is a very good model and has delivered on tangible results including in areas like health and education.

He also spoke about the importance of twinning developed and developing countries based on mutual respect, benefits and development.

Muluzi welcomed his focus on unlocking some barriers including reviewing the current UK visa application system which he has argued is “problematic” especially for the Malawian private sector to engage with their counterparts.

However, at the same time, he stated that he understood efforts to ensure there is “credibility in the system” but said this must be balanced with efforts to make the system “fit for purpose.”

Delivery

According to Muluzi, Malawi’s vision is that the southern African country would like to move from a predominantly producing to an exporting country.

He mentioned that under the leadership of President Arthur Peter Mutharika that vision is being achieved in that leadership is very much about delivery.

The minister illustrated the things that he intends to deliver in his ministry in particular the doubling the energy generation capacity in the next five years and increasing access to electricity from 9% to at least 30% in the next 10-15 years.

He appealed for support in the area and informed the British government that Malawi’s sole electricity provider Escom lost 35 percent of its power after shutting down two of its five power stations located on Shire River following the floods.

The floods left a high volume of trash, silt and huge logs which have choked the water entry points of the machines, causing massive power outages across Malawi.

Mining

Muluzi also said his ministry intends to grow the mining sector in “an environmentally sustainable way” to at least contribute more than 20% of GDP,

Mining used to cater for a meagre 3% to Malawi’s Gross Domestic Product but the contribution leap-frogged to 10% of GDP when the Kayelekera uranium Mine of Paladin went on stream.

Muluzi highlighted that his ministry is actually one of the key engines for growth but also mentioned that changing shift from rhetoric to delivery and results will take time.

“This is why grooming a robust generation of leaders will be important,” pointed out Muluzi.

He sought more partnerships and exchange of ideas on how to do this with the UK.

The Malawi Government is pursuing the reforms in the minerals sector under the auspices of the Mining Governance and Growth Support Project, which is being financed by the World Bank’s International Development Association and the European Union.

The activities under the project include institutional and governance strengthening, long and short term capacity building, updating of the geological data base, acquisition of high density airborne geophysical data, updating geological maps, modernising the mineral cadastre and setting up a geo-data centre for ease of data access.

Cashgate

During the meetings which he was accompanied by Malawi High Commissioner, Benard Sande, issues of  massive corruption scandal the cashgate was also tackled and Muluzi acknowledge that this is “a very serious problem” and flagged efforts being done to address it.

He said cashgate exposed the weaknesses in accountability and transparency systems and institutions require support urgently through twinning, mentoring and learning from others.

“W e take responsibility for wanting to change or reform systems and we are keen to be held accountable for this,” said Muluzi.

He said focus should be on building capacity of government but as a means to an end which is improved service delivery.

Other meeting Muluzi had were with DFID and investors in energy sector.

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31 thoughts on “Muluzi visits UK Westminster: Talks on Visas, appeals for Malawi support”

  1. musisipala says:

    Keep on driving for the good if the Nation. You are not servind DPP but the whole nation. A nsanjewo asiyeni azilila. Thandiza ziko lako mwanawem

  2. zaoneka sizi says:

    visa appeal anthu tupita ndi madzi. dyela mwanawe. supitilila ku US kukaona ma self exiled aja, mako akatokubereka uja– miano kokhwa
    olo mulankhula ku nyumba ya malamulo uko ku UK angokusekanipo cifukwa za Malawi akuzidziwa kale mbili yanu. kosapeneka mukakamba za Eskom angoti these daft people. ndalama zose amakupatsani zija munaziika kuti pano magetsi mutalongosola kale kale. mbili ya ya magetsi njakalekale zoti munaocha ofesi ya Eskom azungu atoiziwa, when will you learn what the word WEAN mean??????????? simucedwa kuiwaladi eti. one dvice! mzungu ukangomunamiza basitu amakuthothola ngati nthata.
    tatiyeni nazo

  3. zaoneka sizi says:

    no 22 ndi 27 mau.
    mmesa ku mangoci kuno tilli mmavuto a ma fladi inu muli kokadzinonenetsa. koma sindimakuvetsani anthu inu,apa mukanangobwerera kukaona anthu anu izi za cashgate mining zisiyeni kaye yambani mwaona za crisis zi k
    zinazi pambuyo. nzeru palibetu apa.

  4. Dambudzo Mwasanya says:

    President wa Imraan Sadick ameneyo.He gets paid for writing trash on this forum.The crooked father is trying means and ways for his son to lead this country but this will never happen in Malawi.The Youngman has no direction just like his father.He loves illgotten riches from politics.He has abandoned his fathers party claiming to be working with the govt of the day.No any Muluzi will lead this country again.

  5. Chenkumbi says:

    Jumbo,
    Interconnection project with Mozambique was to ripe Malawi 100 million dollars a month> Is that Economical from your prospective thinking? If you were the president would you sign that deal? Your answers to this question will show us your thinking capacity.

  6. kwabaniso says:

    Ung’ono ung’ono ndi patali 2019 Boma!!!!!

  7. tozer tsono says:

    Cashgate did not expose weaknesses in accountability and transparency systems. The weakness already existed in the governance and greed ways of UDF, DPP and PP.
    Your own father is still answering a corruption case that started way before the so called cashgate. The party you are working for, DPP, is under investigation for stifling an audit on the unaccounted for, billions of missing dollars. The auditor general in Malawi queried the DPP on the missing money but DPP decided to thwart the investigation. DPP has been invited by this writer and many others, to expose the culprits outright but the mouse is perched on the precious pot, so who dare break the pot by whacking the weasel mouse, hence lucky mouse lives on. Strike at the mouse break DPP or do nothing, the DPP corruption lives on. It is a catch-22.
    So here is the picture, UDF leaders, just like their successors in DPP, and PP and not any scandal, are the ones blocking accountability and transparency in Malawi. They refuse to stop the practice of robbing Malawians and the Malawi government in broad daylight. When the guilty blame one another for corruption, corruption lives on. “We are all corrupt”, was apparently said by the UDF of your Dad in parliament. The systems exposed corruption that reigned freely before DPP and PP. Donors and innocent Malawians want accountability and transparency from political leaders without self righteous blame.

  8. Top class is understatement rather
    Upper Class
    Atupele Woyeeeeee!

  9. kd says:

    apatu zikuoneka kuti APM trust atupele ….. sovani

  10. Jumbo says:

    What has happened to the coal fired Power Station which was to be built by a Chinese company? It was to give us an alternative source of power, how about the interconnection project with Mozambique?

  11. out says:

    Thank you. VISAS are a nightmare

  12. Callister Daniel Phiri says:

    Mbuzi killing UDF

  13. Ras Moses says:

    Today the government should already be venturing into alternative energy. The country is loosing a lot due to the Escom blackouts, worse still after shutting down their generators. With alternative energy, they could be able to power up the nation without worries. Let’s talk less and act more for the betterment of the next generation.

  14. two tees says:

    Mwaona ulamuliro wanzeru ankaziwa ndani kuti amuluzi angakhale minister? APM ndimofare.

  15. Nyapapi says:

    This DPP govt is pathetic. We have extremely low power generation in the country at the moment – resulting in people having only 6 hours or less of power per day. Instead of the minister leading efforts to bring power generation back to full capacity, what does he do, go on a ‘holiday’ to England!

    While the Vice President is leading the effort on the relief front, Atupele should be leading the effort on the energy front, and Chiyembekeza should be ensuring that effects on agriculture are minimised. The VP can not do everything on his on. The whole cabinet should be involved. This is the time to use those obscene fuel allowances…

    Atupele and the rest of this pathetic administration should learn that God, and the rest of the world, assists people who assist themselves first. There is no point rushing for foreign assistance before demonstrating what you have been able to do on your own. You are the Government, do something. We have highly trained engineers – they should be tasked with finding ways of keeping most of the silt and rubbish out of the ESCOM entry points. We have floods almost every year – we should devise coping strategies BEFORE the floods come…if engineers elsewhere on this same earth can manage to land a craft on a moving comet in space surely Malawian engineers should cope with silt, logs and rubbish?

  16. denis tembo says:

    That’s encouraging our next President,keep it up

  17. Fathi Alshdhaab says:

    A nduna atankhula ziveka zedi ..but talk is cheap but action speak louder

    Nyasa times your article does not tell us what ministrr Steel team said in responce did observe any body language.? mwina amangoti awa kwawo nkulira basi akalakwitsa… where is the service delivery he is talking about ?

  18. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    We take what the success you report Junior Muluzi. Well done. But you should also provide meaningful
    advice to the government and president, like the ills of diverting NAC funds to Mulhako wa Lhomwe, Beautify Malawi and possibly NIB without following project proposal and screening procedure. ‘Ung’ono ung’ono’ do not be swallowed by ‘Ukulu ukulu’ because of personal greed. Be transparent when ills are done to the suffering Malawians. Otherwise leaving UDF to Lucius Banda while you and your father wallow in unholy glory of the DPP is tantamount to temporal dirty and unlawful glory.

  19. Atate Rashid says:

    Mwanayu tinzeru tilimo m’mutu mo kuposa abwana ake komanso atate ake.

  20. dyton Chiwaya says:

    Let’s work together seems Mutharika is up for improving things in Malawi. Viva Peter

  21. Tiyanjane says:

    He speaks their Queen’s language, so they understand each other very well.

  22. Chamba says:

    A muluzi. How can you reform mining when you have no electricity in the country. You need to address that first. Mining needs lots of power. Just take a look at special deals made in SA between mining companies with ESKOM.

  23. Mr. B says:

    Abwana mukukwana official visit as government minister to London on some very important matters such as electricity nkhani yabwino ndithu. Koma mpaka kubvala tie ya blue ayi it’s nice colour. Please just continue to carry Malawi to another level as you are doing and you are one of great minds of Malawi. I support you and will be supportive to you and the government all the way.

  24. Dick says:

    MUKUITHA ABWANA

  25. We need people like Atupele.He is very competent.Bravo!

  26. jp says:

    Zake zimenezo mwana wosapola pa mchombodi ameneyu, ineyo ndimusiyila kachipani kake, anaywmba ndiye kuthawa chipani nkukalowa dpipi, mcp ndiye bomalo tsopano,

  27. Vehtekhu says:

    Ana aamuna youthful,focused and visionary.

  28. chims says:

    that’s good koma ndimaona ngati amakapempha thandizo LA ma floods.nanga ena alikuti mwaima nokha kunja kwa maofesi a dfid ku london?kumva nkuonatu.

  29. Nyambiton says:

    My presdnt!well articulated issues boss..

  30. Mapiri says:

    The Visa issue should be left to Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Chaponda. He the most sleepy minister. He does not know what problems Malawians go through when they travel.

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