MPs demand Lake Malawi water project in parliament for scrutiny

Legislators have told Finance and Economic Development Goodall Gondwe to bring back the issue of Lake Malawi water project to parliament for further scrutiny.

MP Chidanti Malunga: We need to check the facts

Chairperson of parliamentary committee on Agriculture, Water Development and Irrigation Joseph Chidanti Malunga said the size of the project and the tax payer money involved needed further scrutiny.

“Lilongwe needs water but the government is cutting corners. Why the speed? Why the huge amount of money? They say the project is under EPC-engineering, procuring and construction, we are not convinced the reasons why the decided on this because the contractor can decide to raise the cost of the project beyond the reach of the government,” said Chidanti Malunga.

Lilongwe Water Board, who are owners of the multi-million project said the contractor and the government are yet to agree on the cost, therefore this should not raise any alarm.

CEO for Lilongwe Water Board Alfonso Chikuni said: “I don’t know where people are getting the figure of US$500 million from. The government and the contractor are yet to agree on the cost.”

Khato Civils have been engaged to do the project which entails pumping water from Lake Malawi in Salima to Lilongwe.

Chikuni said Khato Civils is currently working on designs for the project whilst the government is engaging an independent consultant to do environmental impact assessment while communities in the corridors of the project are being sensitized.

He said there would be standby power generators and solar power in the corridors of the project from Salima to Lilongwe to ensure 24/7 availability of power for the pumping of the water exercise.

Lilongwe has a population of approximately 1.1 million residences out of which 800000 are connected to water and Chikuni said the project will connect 300000 new connections upon completion.

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8 thoughts on “MPs demand Lake Malawi water project in parliament for scrutiny”

  1. yaki says:

    mukongosowa zokambirana inu mwayiwala za mavuto adera lanu . mudzaluza masankho inu in mu 2019.
    Kukonda ma allowance basi

  2. Masozi Mwenifumbo says:

    Go go go legislators. That is the way to go

  3. VINCENTPHIRI says:

    That’s True And good decission on to do make it project.

  4. Magadog says:

    What can we do with corrupt leaders in government??? PEOPLES VIOLENTLY PROTEST IN THE STREET OF BLANTYRE, LILONGWE MARCHING TO PARLIAMENT AND THEN TO KAMUZU PLACE TO SHOW OUR FRUSTRATION WITH CLUELESS DPP GOVERNMENT. DZUKA MALAWI DZUKA

  5. Dr. Wiseman says:

    I AM HERE TO complain against this graphic that always appear when we want to read comments. please remove it as soon as possible. it is so disgusting

  6. Chutandila says:

    Those short cuts are what make politicians get rich overnight. They pretend as if the issues are strictly urgent to bluff Malawians so that they steal money in the process. They have been doing this for so long. It is important that we now have courageous guys who can take the government to accountability in its dealings. Such rushed through projects have often seen to fail completion when a lot of money has already been spent. Check on them, please.

  7. Chimanga says:

    Work starting before agreeing on the cost? Morally corrupt government and Water board

  8. Richard Soko says:

    That is the meaning of oversight powers. Please continue to stop the theft by Chaponda

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