Nsanje Port not a priority for Malawi – Chakwera

President  Lazarus Chakwera has said the colour dream of former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika—the Nsanje Inland Port—which cost the country $20 million, is not a priority for government right now.

That’s a white elephant:  Sidik Mia points at the stalled Nsanje port as Chakwera looks on before ascending to the presidency

Chakwera made the stand in Parliament on Wednesday when he was responding to members of parliament questions. The President was asked  about his government’s plans on the project.

“Nsanje Port is not a priority,” Chakwera said in his upfront response.

He said  government plans to rehabilitate the Marka to Mozambique railway line so that it becomes functional again.

The President said talks are underway with Mozambique on the project. The Malawi leader had visited the neighbouring country recently on a State visit.

In an interview with Nyasa Times, Nsanje Central Member of Parliament Francis Kasaila said the port development project is part of government policy because it is included in the Malawi Growth  Development Strategy (MDGS).

Sadc, through the African Development Bank (AfDB), in 2011 pumped in US$ 3.5 million (K2.5 billion) into the comprehensive feasibility study on the Shire-Zambezi Waterway project which was initially projected to cut Malawi’s transportation of goods costs to and from the Indian Ocean ports by 40 percent.

The project had also roped in Zambia and Zimbabwe to make it more regional based. The countries adopted the study that gave a green light to the navigability of the two rivers.

Although in 2014  former president Mutharika after attending the 34th Sadc Summit at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe said Sadc had endorsed the project, in April 2016 Mozambique president Felipe Nyusi questioned the viability of the project, saying it was just an ambition by Zambia and Malawi to cut transportation costs, urging the two countries to explore other means.

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National CEO
National CEO
1 month ago

The issue of the Beira Railway line is a good one, but also pay more attention to the Nacala Railway line which is a shorter one, and was constructed by Malawi government with a loan from South African government If am not mistaking, but is profiting the Mozambican government.

BigMan
BigMan
1 month ago

Malawi cant do this on its own if Mozambique doesn’t want to play ball, and currently they don’t want to play ball. So why should Chakwera sit on his hands instead of focusing on doable alternatives?

Zalimbs Mose
Zalimbs Mose
1 month ago

The issue is not about priority but the sour relationships that MCP developed with Mozambique in their 31 years of rule. Mozambicans still have that bitter memories of that relationship and the issue about the port can’t be accepted

Cornerstone
Cornerstone
1 month ago

Leadership of black pipo no visition………

The Sniper
The Sniper
1 month ago
Reply to  Cornerstone

And if you are white person, what are you doing on Nyasatimes for black people? eti kuti oziti! munthu waKulimbuli iwe.

The Sniper
The Sniper
1 month ago

This is Chakwera the President i know, insteady of telling Malawians the lies he would as the past Government, here is telling the truth that this Port is far from his Government, now you wonder that the president has spoken the truth, people are complaining, i want to believe that Malawians have the Spirit of believing in lies! At once can we please change our mindset please please kea kopa! We can not go on like this of believing in lies always, the DPP was in power for 14 years, but they failed to finish this project, now you want… Read more »

CITIZEN
CITIZEN
1 month ago

Can’t blame the failure of this project on Chakwera, he gave an honest answer in Parliament. If people are so passionate about this project, how come they did not ask the same questions of Peter Mutharika? He had a whole five year term (plus one year injury time), what did he do about the project in that time? The answer is a big fat zilch! It might be argued that this is a national project, but there’s no denying partisan politics that goes into this line of questioning to put someone on the spot as evidenced by the comments here.… Read more »

Yonseyonse Sindyeka
Yonseyonse Sindyeka
1 month ago

A Barge not Ship or Vessel with maximum capacity of 60MT (ma truck awiri Basi) is all that can utilised this passage. Mozambique will win/loose nothing. In Malawi, it’s a deadman’s name that will be on very primitive people’s lips.
The project was only used to chew some resources Basi. It’s a very useless project!

Anaconda Mfune
Anaconda Mfune
1 month ago

By the time his term of office comes to an end he will have nothing to show. Can you imagine, his counterpart this other day was shooting down the idea of having water drilled from the ground and yet the WHO talks highly of the same, mainly to third world and poverty stricken countries like ours. Well, Nsanje port is not a priority; how about the Mombera University whose ground work was instituted by DPP? Chakwera is full of himself and yet he is a disappointing block to his followers. Is he aware that there is a thing like short,… Read more »

Cairo
Cairo
1 month ago

We are doomed by the short-sighted of this Chakwera. Honestly speaking, as my colleagues above have said, its a long term project and which will eventually benefit us and neighbouring countries. This is how all these countries we see in better economies all began. Look at Suez Canal, it was an ambitious project by Egypt but is big benefit to them. There are so many projects around the world even here in Africa, who have embarked on such projects have successfully done so. In summary, Chakwera is short-sighted.

Section 1000
Section 1000
1 month ago
Reply to  Cairo

My friend, for this project to succeed it needs blessings from Mozambique without that nothing will happen. The Zambezi river passes through Mozambique down to the Indian Ocean Mozambique knows that once this becomes this project materializes it will lose revenue it gets when Malawi cargo carriers passes through its territory. Ships carry alot of cargo in tonnage as compared to trucks, Malawi will benifit but Mozambique will lose. Sadc tried had to convince Mozambique to accept this project but it failed. So it’s good to day the truth to the public than tell g lies like the way bingu… Read more »

Mwaonongabukhu
Mwaonongabukhu
1 month ago
Reply to  Section 1000

A Wise Malawi president should focus on realising the dream of nsanje port. Chakwera 8s wasting a golden opportunity to show his diplomatic skills by negotiating with the Mozambique government.

That stupid Joyce banda (now in bed with tonse alliance) allowed Mozambique to build the railway line from Maputo passing through Malawi to lichinga province, without further negotiation on Malawi’s inland Port. Chakwera better not listen from that she devil.

CITIZEN
CITIZEN
1 month ago
Reply to  Mwaonongabukhu

Chakwera is at the start of his 5 year tenure, if you say he is wasting a golden opportunity, what do you say about the 5 years Peter Mutharika was in government?

nyarugwe
nyarugwe
1 month ago
Reply to  Mwaonongabukhu

What do you want Chakwera to do about Nanje port???. For it to work Mozambique has to grant us access to the Zambezi river first which they have totally refused

Inacio Lote Gimo
Inacio Lote Gimo
1 month ago
Reply to  Mwaonongabukhu

There is no railway line from Maputo passing through Malawi to Lichinga. Check before posting.

Tan
Tan
1 month ago
Reply to  Section 1000

if that is the case which I think it is. why would Mozambique support the rail project? They are happy having hundreds of Malawian trucks paying them daily. They are not being neighbourly. Malawi needs to find a way of putting rail up north and discuss With Tanzania if they can link with their so that we have options

Inacio Lote Gimo
Inacio Lote Gimo
1 month ago
Reply to  Section 1000

Mozambique will not lose. Passing through zambeze in Mozambican territory, Malawi will still pay the fees they pay when using Beira corridor. In addition Mozambique has also a good stretch of Shire river in her territory. The main issue that makes Mozambique to shun this project is about the environmental impact.

Cornerstone
Cornerstone
1 month ago
Reply to  Cairo

True

nyarugwe
nyarugwe
1 month ago
Reply to  Cairo

Whether Chakwera makes it priority or not if Mozambique maintain their NO, nothing can be done, that is why Peter Mutharika did nothing.
Suez Canal was all in EGYPT one country, Nsanje port involves 2 countries.

Nsanje port
Nsanje port
1 month ago
Reply to  Cairo

And myopic

Donda wa Donda
Donda wa Donda
1 month ago

Malawians were not told the truth. In fact as far our history is concerned we have never enjoyed freedom of accessing right and correct information from our leaders. Happy days now that we have a very good president. Now hear this! Mozambique never supported the development of that port in the first place. That is why their president dodged Bingu wa Mutharika full time. In fact at one point Bingu, while at Nsanje Port had to embarrassingly wait for his counterpart for hours and appearance of the trial ship only to hear that Mozambican authorities had arrested one military officer… Read more »

EvertonVEEP
EvertonVEEP
1 month ago
Reply to  Donda wa Donda

well put boss

The Knight Templar
The Knight Templar
1 month ago
Reply to  Donda wa Donda

What are you saying. This kind of misinformation is very strange. Isnt it obvious that the only reason Mozambique will decline being party to this necessary project is that once finalized and functional, they stand to lose out interms of revenue as a significant proportion of our imports comes through their borders. The environmental stuff are just exaggerated and the impact assessment conducted was favourable to give a green light to proceed with the project.

nyarugwe
nyarugwe
1 month ago

Mozambique will not lose any revenue, the imports will still come through Mozambique border. It is road transporters who will lose out.

Petulo Namagwelu
Petulo Namagwelu
1 month ago
Reply to  Donda wa Donda

Well explained bos

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