Nsanje Port rehab set to take off: Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique sign MoU

Malawi government through the Ministry of Transport and Public work announced Thursday that construction works are set to take off at Nsanje Inland Port.

Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Public Works, Rexie Lyson Chiluzi  visited the port.- photo by Martin Chiwanda

Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Public Works, Rexie Lyson Chiluzi visited the port.- photo by Martin Chiwanda

Construction works were halted after Mozambique government demanded for a feasibility study before being part of the multi-million project.

Phase two of the project will commence following the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the governments of Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique recently, according to Rex Lyson Chiluzi, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Public Works.

Chiluzi announced the news when he inspected the port to appreciate its current shape.

Phase two of the Inland Port project, brainchild of former president late Bingu wa Mutharika, will also involve construction of office blocks, warehouses and houses, among others.

Chiluzi, while saying phase two project will still wait for results of the feasibly study, rehabilitation works at the port will start next month.

“Having seen the damages caused by inactivity of the port, most of which is filtration as sand and soil has surface the docking area, we will give our report to Mota Engil next week to begin drilling the river to make it deep once more to support ships,” he said.

Once completed, the port will link Malawi to Mozambican ports on the Indian Ocean through the Shire and Zambezi Rivers and also cut the country’s total annual import bills.

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