President of Zambia, Mozambique visit Malawi : ‘Shire-Zambezi waterway on agenda’

Zambian President Edgar Lungu and his Mozambican counterpart Filipe Nyusi jet in Malawi on Monday but Malawi government officials have kept under key and lock details of the visit.

Mutharika and Lungu during previous visit

Mutharika and Lungu during previous visit

Lessons to learn: Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi shake hands with Mutharika

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi shake hands with Mutharika during previous meeting

A statement from the Office of the President and Cabinet says Lungu and Nyusi will arrive in Malawi on Monday morning with the Zambian leader arriving at 7:30 am and the Mozambican president 30 minutes later.

The statement says both the Presidents will spend all day long at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe and will leave Malawi later in the day.

It is expected that the three presidents, including President Peter Mutharika will discuss issues to do with Shire Zambezi Water Waterway project, a dream project of former president Bingu wa Mutharika, brother to Peter but has received huge opposition from Mozambique.

Malawi, a land locked country, relies on Mozambique’s ports of Nacala and Beira for its imports as road transport is extremely expensive.

The three leaders are also expected to discuss issues of the growing number of refugees coming to Malawi following skirmishes between the ruling Frelimo and rebels Renamo.

Maputo denies the over 12000 refugees in Malawi are fleeing the civil war, describing the asylum seekers as normal migrating economic fortune seekers.

The government of Malawi is describing the visit by Malawi’s neighboring presidents as “private.”

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23 thoughts on “President of Zambia, Mozambique visit Malawi : ‘Shire-Zambezi waterway on agenda’”

  1. Dr cool says:

    tiziona m’mene zithere.

  2. Mkulu says:

    The Federation idea is very stupid. How would someone ever think of that low idea?

    Really, we should go for Federation just because we want access to the sea???? Both zambians and Mozambicans dont like Malawi. They hate you. You are on your own. Both of these nations believes they are far much better than Malawi in everything. They believe they have nothing to loose everytime they are talking developmental issues with Malawi. They believe they can stand on their own without Malawi. But we Malawians are the ones who think we need them most. Much as it could be true, but lets not reach the point of thinking of Federation. Lets focus on how best we can develop and attain our neighbors ‘ levels of development. At that moment, we will even find it easy to import without even using the Nsanje Port.

    Za Federation izo its a good sign muli ndi moyo wodalira. You want to benefit from Zambia and Mozambique without working so hard yourself. Note that these countries know that Malawi is the only country that would benefit more on their expense thanthey would benefit themselves from this stupid union suggested here. So they cant allow this to happen.

    Work hard to develop, not depend on success orb others.

  3. nick says:

    Excellent comment by Che Wanimiliyoni (No 12). I have always said that Malawi needs that Federation which Kamuzu rejected so disastrously. A project like Shire-Zambezi cannot possibly work without a federation of Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi. Nor can there ever be a settlement of the border disputes on Lake Malawi. The problem for federation is always presidential hubris. Which president will give up his flags and motorcades?

  4. matengo says:

    Analyst@ 11.1. I agree with you on most comments you post however while order is necessary sometimes it delays progress especially when the environment does not support order. That is why some dictatorship is unavoidable to realise progress on some issues. But generally order is necessary assuming the environment is supportive

    1. The Analyst says:

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      Your observation that order delays progress sometimes, is right.
      . . . But which is better?; to be orderly and have your project delayed (for a year or two) OR to be disorderly and have the project fail completely (and forever)? I believe the former is better.
      . . . While Malawi has full control of the Shire river, it does not have any control over the Zambezi. Thus, Malawi cannot exercise dictatorial tendencies on something it has no control over (unless she wants war – which defeats the whole purpose of having the project in the first place).
      . . . Bingu was therefore expected to first agree with Moz on terms for the use of the Zambezi, notwithstanding the environment. Delays would be there but worth it. Otherwise, Bingu’s disorderly conduct, cost us a lot on this project.
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    2. Kenkkk says:

      Matengo, on this doomed waterway project, order and protocol were a must. Mozambique should have been consulted first before we even dreamed of implementing this useless project.

      Only arrogant and dictators can start such a project without consulting the owners of the land where shire river passes when it leaves malawi or nsanje and joins Zambezi. The previous dpp govt goofed embarrassingly and stupidly.

      This meeting was not about the waterway anyway. It is all about the refugees and hash hashing the fighting in moz.

      Visit nsanje and you will see the concrete slab which we unashamedly call nsanje port. Absolutely disgraceful. That what you get when the most important piece of the jigsaw is not involved or consulted first.

  5. Yoweri Magufuli says:

    Ben and Analyst, just like Malawi leadership since M.Party, this project is a failure especially now when the turtle can’t even poke its head out of its shell and give the mozambicans a condition that we keep their refugees in exchange of non hindrance to the canoe way.
    I call it Canoe way bcoz it will only be for recreation than anything else.

    1. The Analyst says:

      The passage of time is what defines and makes the past, present and the future . . .
      . . . Lets pray for life so that the passage of time can show us what else this project can do for Malawi.

  6. ben says:

    y having federal government? do u think we should have problems which Mozambique are facing I mean political problems? its better to b poor and b at peace rather flowing in riches and never b at peace. let’s just fight for our way to this water way or rehabilitate railways already with us. I Mozambique is giving us problems when it comes to this water way, because they know that there source of income will b closed. in the other hand Zambia knows better that they r to benefit. please Peter Munthalika tell them the importance of this project even though your press is hiding the agenda if this meeting. timakudalira, u r sweet talker. koma tidziwabe.

  7. Che Wanimiliyoni says:

    The only way for Malawi and Zambia have easier access to the ocean ports is having a Federal State of Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia. It will have a population of around 60 million which will rival that of South Africa, Tanzania and DRC and thereby be an economical force to reckon with within the region. We can create a new Federal Capital somewhere in Mchinji/Chipata/Tete where these three countries converge.

  8. Ze Roberto says:

    I always question the competite advantage of the Shire Zambezi waterways over the already existing railway line which only needs rehabilitation. I think the railway line is more cost-effective than the water way in so many ways.

    1. The Analyst says:

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      Ze Roberto,
      Water, is the least expensive mode of transportation around, alongside pipeline.
      . . . While the initial cost (of this project) is obviously huge; in the long-run (who knows when). the net benefit for Malawi is positive.
      . . . More so, the project will have spillover effects as economic activities of communities in proximity, would be boosted.
      . . . On this project, Bingu did not get it wrong. He only failed to be orderly in planning and implementation.
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  9. Winston Msowoya says:

    Malawians,wake up.The formula here is TIT fOR TAT.Have you forgotten so soon that Malawi under Mphonongo Hastings Banda betrayed the people of Mozambique,South Africa and Zimbabwe and hobnobbing with imperialist reactionaries of the West.Malawi is now paying for that.How is it that Mozambicans and South Africans are treating Tanzanias and Zambians with love and respect? In short,Tanzanians and Zambians welcomed thousands upon thousands in their countries during liberation struggles that took 2 decades of bitter fighting between African nationalist forces and racist inspired forces.There is no other cause that these two countries would select to manhandle Malawians only..During civil bloody conflict between the forces of independent Mozambique and RENAMO reactionary forces,Malawi government could not deny Mozambican refugees enter Malawi because Malawi itself,was directly involved in the internal affairs of Mozambique by siding with RENAMO treacherous hoodlums.

    1. wa ku Mitchesi kujaaaaa!!!! says:

      You may have a valid, substantive point here.
      We are really paying for the sins of that son of a gun, dictator Mphonongo Kamuzu Banda! That guy betrayed our future in international politics, not just around us. And his supporters should be ashamed, to be sure.

  10. wabwera says:

    Bbbbbbbzz. thats part of life in the country….. Ndiyimeneyo

  11. hekhaya hekhaye says:

    “key and lock?” …….
    lock and key bwa?

  12. Vendor is SA says:

    Nyungwi is facing real threat to peace in his country from Renamo and he wants help, otherwise he would not have visited Malawi. Malawi and Zamba will be kind enough to support him, but when in turn this selfish Mozambiquan is asked to support shire zambezi water way that would benefit landlocked Malawi and Zambia what does he and his predecessors do? Let him handle his shit, and he should go back with the refugees in his plane. While europeans are cooperating for development, these portugues colonized would rather look inward and be egocentric.

  13. nick says:

    It is crazy to have these presidential meetings between Malawi and its neighbours where they discuss nothing but ridiculous impossibilities. The Shire-Zambezi trade route is an impossibility (1) because no -one will undertake the necessary, expensive, dredging and (2)Malawi will be as dependant on Mozambique as before . The territorial boundaries disputes along the Lake Malawi shore will never be reconciled by preidents who want to be re-elected and need to appear strong to their own people.
    Malawi has always needed to be part of a proper federation in which discussions are regular not merely occasional, Unfortunately presidents usually like their flags and motorcades too much, and all the trappings of a phoney national independence. Expect nothing from this meeting, my friends!! Smiles, handshakes and large meals is what it is all about!

  14. dasa says:

    please leave this subject the opposition will impish you

  15. Kenkkk says:

    It is all about refugees which the Mozambique govt is deceptively denying they exist. Economic migrants my foot, do they have to come to the poorest country on earth for that. They will just cross the border to Zimbabwe and then South Africa, these two countries are better than malawi economically. They are running away from the fights with renamo which the moz govt wants to keep it a secret but for how long?

    The Zambezi waterway or nsanje port is just a smokescreen. This project is a non-starter, it will not materialize.

  16. The Analyst says:

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    The Shire-Zambezi Waterway project was a very brilliant idea yet wasted due to poor planning and implementation.

    Analogy . . .
    . . . if we assume that rains are made, stored and controlled by some human being hence sold out to people for their crops and fields; . . .
    . . . proper planning would require someone to first find out if the rain-maker has some rain left which the farmer can buy; even before the farmer prepares his/her field or plants crops.
    But what did Bingu do?; if not to prepare the field and sow the seeds; only to realise the rain-maker is dead hence no water for the crop?
    . . . Bingu should have consulted or informed Mozambique way before starting anything on that project. Coz the gain for Malawi (reduced cost of importation) is a loss for Mozambique (reduced revenues).

    Simple but painful truth . . .
    . . . There is always something about your success that even your best friend is not happy about/with. Thus, even if increased use of the Zambezi (by Malawi) was to be found to increase revenue for Mozambique; Moz would still not be happy seeing Malawi grow.
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    It is common to take other people’s possessions/property for granted, nkumati “Ndi nzanga uyu sangandikanize galimoto iai even if I ask him/her on a very short notice”; clearly failing to appreciate that Mzakoyo nso has his/her own programmes.
    . . . Even if atakhala kuti alibe programme ili yonse, polite company demands that he/she be treated like an owner and you a borrower; not mixing up the two or reversing the order.

    We people need to be orderly if we want to succeed in life.
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  17. Mbunga says:

    It high time Mozambicans put their house order. When traveling through their country or if you happen to encounter any Mozambican, their treatment of you smacks arrogance of the highest order just the same as south Africans. They consider Malawians to be something close to useless, yet here we are hosting refugees running away from their stupid war. To me, they’ve proven to be a very unreliable lot, not good enough to be allies of any kind..

  18. Penya says:

    yanunkhira apa. the neighbours may discuss how to collectively deal with the insurgencyMalawi and Zambia are natural hosts for displaced Mozambicans from the affected regions.

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