Mutharika beckons Russian nuclear company to invest in Malawi: Upbeat on Russia-Africa summit resolutions

President Peter Mutharika on Friday met a representative from Rosatom, a Russian state owned Nuclear Technology company which intends to  invest in Malawi in areas of nuclear energy, rare earth mining and medicine,  State House has confirmed.

Russian company, Rosatom, Friday met President Arthur Peter Mutharika to discuss possibilities of the construction of peaceful nuclear power plants to help in energy and agriculture sectors in Malawi.
Russian nuclear company eyes Malawi’s energy sector
Russian company, Rosatom, Friday met President Arthur Peter Mutharika to discuss possibilities of the construction of peaceful nuclear power plants to help in energy and agriculture sectors in Malawi.

Presidential spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani told Nyasa Times  that chief executive officer for ROSATOM’s central and southern africa operations, Dmitry Shornikov  said they will be interest to invest in Malawi after an audience with Mutharika in Russia.

Shornikov said soon they will be sending a delegation to Malawi for further talks and agreements on the deals.

“We will be in Malawi soon and our mission will involve discussing these areas of the cooperation in detail and establishing the first priorities and first steps that should be completed,” he said.

He said Rosatom controls 19 percent of uranium production globally and produces 19 gigawatts of electricity in  the Russian federation.

On his part,  Minister  of Foreign  Francis Kasaila described the audience as fruitful and beneficial for Malawi.

According to Kasaila, Malawi stands to benefit a lot in areas of uranium mining, rare earth mining, medicine among others.

“Rosatom assured us that they will assist us in possible ways of improving hydro-electricity generation such as replacing old turbines with new and efficient ones,” Kasaila said.

The company intends to operate nuclear plants in Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda among others.

Meanwhile,  Mutharika has described the first ever Russia-Africa Summit as a resounding success saying it offered opportunity for Russia and African states, including Malawi, to set foundation for strategic cooperation between the two regions.

“We plan to follow up the discussions held with our Russian counterparts in areas of trade, investment and energy and disaster management; we hope we will attract them to come to Malawi.

“My government plans to follow up the discussions…to ensure that the areas of mutual interest, especially trade investment and energy cooperation, are followed up for concrete results,” Mutharika told journalists at the end of his Russian tour.

Mutharika said Russian President Vladimir Putin asserted that Russia intends to continue its active cooperation with African partners based on the principles of equality friendship and mutual respect so that African problems are resolved by African themselves.

To this effect, Mutharika said Malawi sees Russia as a trusted and a strong partner that can help Africa, including Malawi, to translate national and international development programmes into tangible outcomes through mutual cooperation and reciprocal benefits.

He further said the summit adopted a joint declaration establishing a Russia-Africa Partnership Forum to coordinate the development of the Russian-African relations with Russia-Africa summit as a supreme body to be convened once every three years.

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mpilu
mpilu
1 year ago

most people need awareness on chenobyl. azao akutika ku china bcoz of this poison. let alone tilibe ma mochale osunga 8 bodies at once

Mtete
1 year ago

Please forget about nuclear power in Malawi, at least for the next 50 or so years. Don’t think that because you have Kayerekela then you can build a nuclear power station. The Russians haven’t forgotten Chernobyl.

While we are talking about power, the fact that the Chinese Kammwamba project has been transferred to Egenco is a clear message that the Project is dead because there’s no financier who is going to risk investing money in a venture which is not Environmentally friendly.

mpilu
mpilu
1 year ago

can pitala stop this pompous bhaviour [email protected] develop malawi fisrt b4 anything. did you condult us that we need nuclear???? what is in your wobly head now? dzana you were in the climatd change issue lelo climTe destroydr. stupid mimd old stinking snprty cow.
guys we are just wasting our money on this creature

Kholowa
Kholowa
1 year ago

Kodi abale ife ngati tikulephela kumaliza kumanga mochale nuclear tidzakwanitsa? It can be a good move but ifeyo we are still very far from it, kuba too much!

kanchenga
kanchenga
1 year ago

Please save us the destruction. The government establishment is so useless uranium operations would be a dangerous path. In Malawi. The grace of God saved us in Kayerekera. Don’t tempt the devil to tempt us. We can not survive this stupidity.

Munthu
Munthu
1 year ago

Who is benefiting from from all the aid we have been receiving from UK, USA, China and now Russia? If we were to do the analysis, we’ d find that most beneficiaries are not the ordinary Malawians. Just look around the country and you will see that the majority remain in abject poverty. When will all this begging end? Are we always going to be beggar? I would rather live in a peaceful Malawi that is poor but rent-free and respected than one which is always on a bended knee with a begging bowl. Don’t our leaders feel the shame… Read more »

Achiswe'.'
1 year ago
Reply to  Munthu

Totally agree! We have been independent for 55 Years and we still go begging the azungu to help us. When are we ever going to take matters into our own hands? We have only ourselves to blame if we are one of the poorest countries in the world. Mutharika says we have all that is necessary for development, so why is it taking us so long to get going?

Watchdog
Watchdog
1 year ago

We cant ably handle nuclear plants in Malawi. We are too negligent and naive to keep such plants safe. Imagine a nuclear power plan under the stewardship of a cadet. That is inviting a nuclear disaster. If you happen to get such an investment, please put the plant in Thyolo.

kanchenga
kanchenga
1 year ago
Reply to  Watchdog

At ndata to be specific

Mutumwa
Mutumwa
1 year ago
Reply to  Watchdog

Inu mutu wanu sugwira! I think you are from Nsundwe! Don’t politicise national developments! You are rejecting development?
Zikapanda kubwera, you will be in the forefront discrediting government kuti it has failed to deliver!
Kasiya and Nsundwe mentality! Mxiew!!!

Alfred Minjo
Alfred Minjo
1 year ago
Reply to  Watchdog

Hey, if you have nothing to say, just zip up your mouth and shut up..afterall, you are talking trash and nonsense here!

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