One of Malawi government’s infamous bequests from the late President Bingu wa Mutharika, the much touted multi million Kwacha Nsanje Inland Port is missing from the SADC agenda.
This is the fourth consecutive year that the ambitious colour dream of Bingu wa Mutharika is slowly revolving into another white elephant and tangible evidence of blatant abuse of taxpayers’ money.
Nyasa Times has seen and combed a draft comprehensive programme for the 35th Summit of Heads of States and Governments to be held in the Botswana’s Capital, Gaborone but there is no indication that the Nsanje Inland Port is yet to catch the region’s attention.
“We must admit that we have to tackle this issue separately because sometimes if we rush we may spoil things. Malawi cannot bring the issue of the port to SADC without Mozambique agreeing to the feasibility study,” Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr. George Chaponda said .
Briefing the media at the Gaborone International Convention Centre, Botswana on Thursday, Chaponda also disclosed that the Nsanje Inland Port is at the heart of President Peter Mutharika implicitly implying that the DPP government will not abandon it.
Mutharika, since assuming power in May 2014, has travelled to revive his brother’s colour dream project by trying to sell it but to no avail.
In February 2015, on the side-lines of the AU summit in Ethiopia, Mutharika also courted Malawi’s eastern neighbour Zambia to support the project.
Ironically, the Nsanje world inland port does not feature anywhere in SADC’s US$500 billion harmonised infrastructure blue print called SADC Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan (RIDMP).
The RIDMP among other things aims to deal with the region’s deficit in road, rail, ports, power, communication, water infrastructure and meteorology.