Malawi govt to re-engage Khato over Salima-Lilongwe water project – Tembo

Government says it is opening discussions with Khato civils to re-engage it on the resumption of the  K400 billion Salima-Lilongwe water supply project.

Minister Nancy Tembo visits Lilongwe Water Board
Minister Nancy Tembo visits Lilongwe Water Board

Minister of Forestry and Natural Resources Nancy Tembo said this Wednesday when she visited Lilongwe Water Board offices.

“We will initiate the discussions between the Lilongwe Water Board and Khato Civils. We need that project,” she said.

She said there is high demand for water in the Capital City, saying only 83% of the residents have access to potable water.

The DPP-led government abruptly cancelled the contract in what Khato Civils owner Simbi Phiri said it was a politically motivated decision.

Simbi Phiri is one of the biggest financiers of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and the construction mogul conceded in an interview with Zodiak that he supported the party financially.

The project, if done, is expected to provide water to the city of Lilongwe via a 120- kilometre pipeline from Lake Malawi.

Khato Civils is on record to have said that it spent U$71.2 million of its money on the required processes precedent to commencing the project this far.

The firm’s CEO, Mongezi Mnyani, said earlier that since their appointment, they have worked tirelessly to ensure that they meet all conditions prior to the contract.

“We have completed all the designs of the pipeline metre-by-metre from Salima to Kanengo and the construction drawings and plans have been accepted and approved by Lilongwe Water Board,” he said.

The implementation of the project will require an investment of K400 billion and the Malawi Government was expected to participate in the financing of the project through LWB.

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We needed this project way back but just because of politics.Maybe if it was owned by a foreigner contract could have been awarded

Mwinithako
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Mwinithako

The major funder of MCP,The judges cashed one billion each to rule against DPP.Chiefe Justice Nyirenda cashed 2 Billion Kwacha kkk.Chakwera built mansion out of Simbi Phiri’s funding kkk.HRDC funded again by Simbi phiri kkk. DPP siikanalimba komwe kkk

Hastings Chalawe
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Guys read article made by this same news , Feb 10 2017. Negracious justin a student from Malawi university was forced to go on exile because of this project. zoona zake khato is noty doing us justice people of Malawi. Best way to go was to award this project to another contractor if this regime is serious with eradicating corruption in Malawi. Govt going back to this contractor to me is a red flag as already pointed in the news. they will engage this contractor because is the major funder of MCP

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The DPP government and PPP Commission never understood the difference between the traditional contractual arrangement and a PPP contractual arrangement. Government needs to go back to the drawing board: understand what a PPP contractual arrangement is before resuming work under the arrangement because $500m is a lot of money to just throw away without careful consideration as the Mutharika’s Thieving Crowd was prone to do and did!!!!

Emmanuel means God is With Us.
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Opportunity for employment of people all over Malawi. The Mpira Dam project to that supplied water in Ntcheu and Balaka must be revived. It was killed by Bakili Muluzi. No MP should be talking about boreholes as development. We are blessed with plenty of water and we canno see all the water from North Rukuru and Songwe Rivers going down to the Zambezi River and the Indian Ocean. Uchitsiru unachuluka with udf and dpp.

Analyst
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Analyst

Dziko la Malawi basi liri mmanja mwa angongole

Maliki
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Maliki

I am also assuming that the initiation of Govt and Khato Civils is also politically motivated.Analodza Malawi eeeeeh olo achina uja wa ku SA sangaathe chifukwa mwina ndi amodzi.Anthuwatu ndi amodzi amamwera pamodzi ife kumuzi kumangolira.

Bristol
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Here in Lilongwe we need available water supply and Khato had already been awarded the contract only that DPP had opposed

John D
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John D

They goofed on a water project in South Africa. Can government first look into it. It doesn’t matter that the DPP approved it. The intentions were never genuine

iweyo
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iweyo

last time MCP was saying that the project is expensive. This project should be offered to an open tender not to allow only khatho

CITIZEN
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CITIZEN

Let the project begin

Yalakwa 4
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K400billion×10÷100=K40billion÷4=K10billion…..I am going to the banki[..shiiiii…🤔😏]

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