Mutharika opens World Bank-funded Kamuzu Barrage, pledges dry port: ‘Give DPP chance to continue  improving Malawi’

President Peter Mutharika has appealed to Malawians to give him and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chance to continue with the development agenda aimed at improving their livelihood, promising to implement more infrastructure projects in the country if re-elected in the May 21 Tripartite Elections.

President Peter Mutharika officially cuts the ribbon at Liwonde Kamuzu Barrage-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana
President Peter Mutharika officially unveils a Plaque at Liwonde Kamuzu Barrage-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana
World Bank, Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist, Josses Mugabi gives his statement at Liwonde Kamuzu Barrage`s commissioning-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana
Newly constructed Kamuzu Barrage at Liwonde in Machinga-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana (1)
Newly constructed Kamuzu Barrage at Liwonde in Machinga-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana
President Peter Mutharika being briefed about the project at Liwonde Kamuzu Barrage-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana
Newly constructed Kamuzu Barrage at Liwonde in Machinga-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana
Norplan Consultants Eng. Peter Maele gives his statement at Kamuzu Barrage`s commissioning-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana
Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Joseph Mwanamvekha being briefed by on project of Kamuzu Barrage at Liwonde in Machinga-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana
President Peter Mutharika being welcomed by Paramount Chief Kawinga at Liwonde, Machinga-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Speaking when he commissioned  the  $50 million (about K36 billion) World Bank-funded upgraded Kamuzu Barrage and bridge  at Liwonde in Machinga District on Monday, President Mutharika  said the  project is one of his  government’s flagship projects.

He said it will improve regulation of water flow in Shire River to sustain hydro electricity generation downstream.

Mutharika said the 1965 barrage had outlived its lifespan and posed a risk to people’s lives.

“The construction of this barrage is another mile forward in the progress of infrastructure development.,” he said.

A specialist in water and sanitation at the World Bank, Josses Mugabi, said the upgrading as timely as it will boost Shire Valley Irrigation Project and Mpatamanga Hydro Electricity Plant projects besides controlling  flooding of the river.

The Malawi leader also pledged  the construction of $600 million dry port in Liwonde,  which will connect Malawi to other countries.

“Liwonde is an important place in this country. And I want Liwonde to be well developed. Liwonde is part of the international corridor that connects us to Nacala Port and the rest of the world,” he said.

Mutharika urged the electorate to vote for the ruling DPP for continued development.

He described the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections as “watershed”, saying the polls  will determine whether to bring the country forward or  backwards.

According to Mutharika, he believes in five more years of his presidency, Malawi will be a beautiful country with nice roads everywhere.

“In five more years, we are creating more jobs, bringing more development and changing more lives. Let us make a better, more prosperous Malawi,” Mutharika said.

Mutharika said he wants every part of the country to be developed and accessible.

“I don’t want to hear anything like ‘remote parts of Malawi’ because every region deserves development. There is no reason why some parts of the country should be considered remote. Every Malawian is important. Every Malawian deserves development,” said Mutharika.

“Very soon, we will complete the magnificent Liwonde-Mangochi Road because I want us to access the beauty of the lake with ease. And one day, we will make Mangochi another city. This is our vision. We are working on turning Mangochi into municipality,” Mutharika said

He added that his government will also construct another new road from Mangochi through Chilipa to Helena and has started constructing a new road from Machinga to Blantyre – connecting from Chingale Turn-Off to Lirangwe.

Mutharika then promised construction of the Zomba-Liwonde-Balaka Road and the Mangochi to Makanjira.

He, therefore, appealed to Malawians not to listen to critics of his administration, describing them as leaders without vision who wish nothing good for the country.

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Hen Chinkhuku
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Our Malawian Electrical Engineers, please visit Kariba Dam / Lake that was constructed on the Zambia and Zimbabwe border in 1955, and learn something new from it. It looks similar to this project and generates power for Zimbabwe and Zambia. You just need to sink turbines under the gates and electricity would be generated….simple and ………cheaply…..we dont need to see the water go all the way down to Nkula where electricity would be generated……plz learn new simple ways of killing a cat!!!!!!!

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
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Yasser Arafat Hamdani

The title reflects the shallow-mindedness of the writer. Was this not funded by the government of Malawi using a loan from the World Bank?

Achiswe
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This project was funded by the World Bank, not by Mutharika or even by the tax payers of Malawi. APM tries to claim credit for every project undertaken/completed during his Presidency. Unfortunately many ordinary Malawians are taken in by this deceit and he knows it. Those of us in the know do not want a further five years of DPP corruption and will vote accordingly.

Wa Bullets
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Wa Bullets

Nde mwati mutimangila ma casino pa liwonde okey adzatithandiza chani?Machinga secondary school ndiyo yakuvutaniyo kusankhilapo ana a form one isanathe

Eduardo
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Eduardo

Thank you APM for renovating the Liwonde barrage. I passed through the barrage yesterday, ooh my gosh! it is massive. Continue being visionary. Ansanje kumangowawona basi don’t mind about them. God bless you and God bless mother Malawi.

Bububu wakalamba Kuba K145 million
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Bububu Mwakalamba siyirani Chimulirenji izi. Azaka zofanana ndi inu atha ambiri and dzana Patrick Mbewe, England world cup winning goal keeper and last year John McCain, Winnie Mandela etc..Pumani mukulankhula zosamveka tikumachita kukweza wayilesi. Mukadye izo mwaba ku gahena. Project is not a dpp thing.

Mapiya Mulupale
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Mapiya Mulupale

Izi zinayamba nthawi ya President Joyce Banda. Siyani kunamiza anthu kuti these are your initiatives

Patrick Mbewe
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Patrick Mbewe

Kamuzu Barrage was built by the company called WTC French and was opened by the Prime Minister of Malawi Hon Hastings Kamuzu Banda in 1965.

Eat after 1 minute
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Eat after 1 minute

Izi ndizopusa. Kamuzuyo wazuka kuzamanganso bridge????

Jumani Jumani
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Jumani Jumani

Iwe ndiye bulutu weni weni. Kamuzu Barrage inalipo kale. Anthu anafa pamene paja akuchokera ki msonkhano wa MCP panali ferry , inamira ndi ma lorry that’s why panamangidwa bridge and barrage. Vuto loti mukayenda ndi kuchoka Ku masambanjati kwanuko kupita pa Ntambamyama basi. Ife alomwe anzanu Liwonde tikuidziwa

Patrick Mbewe
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Patrick Mbewe

Has he just opened a bridge that was built in 1965? Or he has opened the renovation project? Nanga kuja amayala miyala ya maziko atsegulira liti?

Kadammanja
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Kadammanja

Akutitu amanga Khasino ya phamwamba kwambii