‘Leaking’ infrastructure! Malawi airport KIA flooded with rainwater

Rainwater gushed through the ceiling inside the Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) building on Friday following heavy showers  but no flight operations were affected.

Visuals of water dripping through the roof of airport has gone viral;

Passengers claimed they were drenched by the rain water and many of them had to move away with their luggage.

An eye witness, a passenger who  was departing from the airport, said the development occurred at about 1:20pm after heavy rain, accompanied by an hour-long windstorm, saw the roof of the airport building to leak like sieve.

The airport was being flooded at the time passengers headed for South African were boarding, while others travelling to Kenya and Ethiopia were checking in.

Photos of flooding in the  airport circulated on social media platforms which showed  passengers going through a flooded walkway to their flights.

It took airport staff nearly an hour to  take out the rainwater and mop the affected areas in the building dry.

Commenting on the matter, Idris Ali Nasser wrote on Facebook: “The problem of having a ‘ I know-it all’ .. ‘Only-I-can-fix-it-all’ individual running a country, as it is in Malawi, is that it takes the agency away from institutions and accounting officers that should otherwise be getting praise for a job well done and held accountable for any shoddy work.

“For example, when an airport gets new paint, a president brags that its all because of him, and songs of praise and worship are composed by his legion of praise singers. The national broadcaster will run a special program with analysts pontificating how nobody else had the wherewithal to get paint. ‘Thanks to the wise and dynamic leadership of the president, the airport now has a fresh coat of paint’.

“Yet when the roof of the same airport collapses the same paint praise singers are quick to say: ‘did you expect the president to fix the roof? That is the duty of the Airports Development Limited’ – Ah. OK.”

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ndele
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ndele

Thank God noshort circuit.no evacuation done anthu ali bize kujambula.but the danger issue isntout yet. kwatsalandikuti ciundumuke tsopano. basi ma tent ndiomwe anthu azizadikilililamo. since 1970 ma checks apangika kangati than kukulunga nthambo za magetsi ndi linya-thats the kind of malawi I know. ikakhala contract angopatsa apongozi aujeni or brother wa ujeni nephew or niece wa ujeni kuti alongosole ndalama ktenga but no work done. TYPICAL OF MALAWI CULTURE. I can guess all renovation and services of the airport goes to the KIA VIP LOUNGE. sindikunama . KIA siimaoneka ngati internationalairport ma services ake. no facility for the disabled- discrimination.… Read more »

Socrates
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Socrates

Zowonadi. Its a deceased estate. Sikusamalidwa.

Nambewe
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Nambewe

I would much rather get objective and analyse exactly why this happened and then take measures so that it does not happen again. Let me take this opportunity to point out to fellow Malawians: Corruption is our problem, we practice it! we perpetuate it! Then when the consequences of corruption start affecting us we blame the president!!! As long as we live in denial we will never sort our country out! If there is some misappropriation of funds for the maintenance of the Airport that should be investigated and the perpetrators should be arrested and punished! In broad day light… Read more »

Chi
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We don’t have the authority. What did your president do about the lift at Kia? Nothing. If the president was serious and not entertaining nonsense things could change. Remember the way he handled chimanga

Wase Gauteng
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Wase Gauteng

It seems we still do not understand term “first impressions last” Airports are window to how we do things in this nation. It can be a turn off for a man who is loaded and wanted to invest but simply changes his mind when he sees the mediocrity at our airports that look like unused football pitches. The staff are not helpful eitherl and when you land at these airports it’s almost like landing in a deserted neighbourhood. When are we going to prioritise key important projects that can sell our country? Our government wants to do every notable project… Read more »

Holly Tit
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Holly Tit

Even kenyatta airport didn’t get this low after it caught fire

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

Azanthu oziwa zanyengo ku bwalo landege la Kamuzu akuti Mvula inagwa yochuluka ma Milimita anagati?

Bob
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Bob

Pathetic. its the only word I can say.

Aka
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Aka

Hmmmmmmm very sad dvelopment. Airport Development Limited kodi ntchito yawo ndi chiyani?

Central
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Central

Iwe sukudziwa kuti ntchito yao ndikupeleka ndalama ku dpp!!

Zangaphe
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Zangaphe

Kutolera ndalama mukamalowa ku Airport

MASO ENA
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MASO ENA

And the problem with Monday coaches like the Nasazi (sorry I don’t like foreign/ colonial names) is that they’d only want to be visible when somebody has failed, I don’t like this development and I don’t like blame games too!!
Let’s wait and see, a whole New Plane will be sold to repair this airport roof!!

Michaek jj
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PEOPLE ARE LIKE THE ONE U KNOW ARE RECIEVING MONEY CORRUPTION FROM BUSINESS MEN MAINLY INDIANS FOR THEM TU BE GVEN BUSSINESSESS , FAILING TO PUT THEIR COUNTRY ON HEART AIRPORT LEAKING ITS ASHAME THE WHOLE PRESIDENT IS BUSY MAKING DEALS FOR HIS BEST..TRUMP SAYS AMERICA FIRST PETER SAYS MYSELF & MY MINISTERS FIRST.TO US WHO VOTED FOR DEMOCRANCY ITS VERY PAINFUL, US THIS WHAT WE VOLTED FOR ? THOSE WHO WE PUT THEM IN LEADERSHIP ARE BUSY ENRICHING THEMSELVES THEY DON’T CARE FOR THE POOR GOD SHD SEE THEM.& PUNISH THEM SCCORDING TO THEIR WORK.

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