Malawi Government has accused Mozambique of standing on the way of former president Bingu wa Mutharika’s signature dream project of Nsanje Inland Port now adopted by President Peter Mutharika.
Spokesperson for the ministry of Transport and Public Works James Chakwera said a Sadc feasibility study cleared the government to start the waterway project.
“The Sadc feasibility study is in support of the project but it is Mozambique that is rejecting it,” he said.
He said Mozambique continues to describe the Nsanje World Inland Port as non viable.
Chakweta said Malawi is failing to proceed with its own feasibility study because of the resistance from Mozambique.
“The onus is now on the political leadership from the two countries, President Mutharika and his Mozambican counterpart,” he said.
The issue came into limelight recently when Mutharika told the IMF deputy managing director that the project stands to benefit Mozambique and Zambia as well.
The President marketed the project ahead of the 2019 campaign as he promised to complete the project once voted into power in 2014.
Finance minister Goodall Gondwe also said the government has set aside some funds for the project in this year’s K1.3 trillion budget.
However, he has not said how much the government has factored in.