Malawi govt  urged to be decisive on Lilongwe water project: ‘Continue with Khato or find another  contractor’

Malawi government has been urged to be decisive on the K400 billion Lilongwe-Salima Water Supply Project project as the  contractor Khato Civils of Simbi Phiri is fet ti find a new financier for the project.

Khato equipment for Salima water project

Lilongwe Water Board (LWB), the client in the project,  and the contractor Khato Civil had signed the financing agreement with Trissag Espanola of South Africa, but former  government through former Treasury Czar Gondwe Gondwe said  that some of the terms in the contract were not concessionary.

But according to report in the The Nation newspaper on Monday, a new financiaer has not been identified and the project continue to stall.

In its extended coverage, the newspaper used its editorial comment calling on government to make a move.

“Malawi government as a guarantor of the loan cannot continue to procrastinate on a crucial project  such as this one. It has to urgently decide whether it will continue with Khato Civil, who is struggling to find a financier, or find aother contractor,” reads the comment in part.

“The onus is on government to do the right thing and safeguard the future of the people of Lilongwe and surrounding  areas in as far as provision of water is concerned,” it continued.

The paper pointed out that water  crisis in Lilongwe will reach a crtitical situation in not so-distant future if nothing is done now.

The Salima-Lilongwe Water Supply Project, which seeks to pump water from Lake Malawi to Lilongwe and surrounding districts to ease water supply challenges, has been rocked by a series of controversies, including how the contractor was identified.

The project also faced resistance from environmentalists who demanded that the project should have an environmental impact assessment study before it takes off.

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namachekeka namanja
namachekeka namanja
2 years ago

problem with Lomwezimu yet iwo anatenga awo madzi from Mulanje mountain yet the chewas are the one who arecontributing much compared with limwe oooo yes its good to share we are tired these Mbuzi -Anthu okanika kutukula dziko go home areas you will be shocked

Samuel Banda
Samuel Banda
2 years ago

Keep stealing until there is nothing left! Then beg from World Bank and other countries to give you loans. Steal from that money as well. Repeat again. Forever. This is Africa. Wake up and realize that.

namachekeka namanja
namachekeka namanja
2 years ago

this is politics vuto la amalawi pple Lead by Lomwe poeple

Smart Aunt Sally
2 years ago

Who said we should pump water from Salima? We can easily and cheaply and sustainably harvest rain and dam it here in Lilongwe. Use your brains for once People! I am using one now.

Nameless
Nameless
2 years ago

The issue here is that khato supported MCP with financial aid. Now u want to terminate his contract? U think we don’t know, or u think u will stop Simbi getting Rich? 😂😂😂Idiots nonsense.

MASO ENA
MASO ENA
2 years ago
Reply to  Nameless

WHY DID HE NOT SUPPORT DPP??

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