Parliamentary Committee bemoans Nsanje Port status

The Parliamentary Committee for Transport and Public Infrastructure has decried the current status of the Nsanje in-land Port.

Nsanje Port officially opened in 2010, but has yet to become operational.-Photo: Kristy Siegfried/IRIN
Nsanje Port officially opened in 2010, but has yet to become operational.-Photo: Kristy Siegfried/IRIN

Speaking to the Malawi News Agency (MANA) Monday, the committee chairperson Victor Mbewe said unless the port is heavily dredged, it will not be operational.

The committee visited the port to appreciate its status. It is currently heavily silted and partially dry.

Mbewe said as a committee, it has been hearing several issues regarding the port hence the visit to appreciate the real situation.

“We have been hearing a lot about the Nsanje in-land Port. We want to appreciate the situation on our own. However, what we have been hearing is contrary to what we have seen today,” explained Mbewe without elaborating.

The Chairperson said from the look of things, there is more to be done in order to realize the dream of Malawi having a functional port.

He said the committee and government are all equally concerned, and only need concerted efforts to achieve the multi billion kwacha project.

“As a committee, we will make our own recommendations to the government as well as parliament so that there is action as regards to the port. This government cannot allow the resources which have been pumped into the project to go down the drain. This is a listening government and the committee sees a future in this project,” said Mbewe.

He reminded Malawians that for the project to be realized, there are procedures that need to be followed both by Malawi and Mozambique which are currently at an advanced stage.

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Khudze Mkuyabwe
Khudze Mkuyabwe
4 years ago

Nzeru za yekha anaviika nsima mmadzi. We allow our leaders to make decisions unilatelary and this is the consequence. There were voices who said the Nsanje inland port is a non starter but our late leader thought he was the wisest Malawian alive.
Look Billions of kwachas down the drain.

Cheumali
Cheumali
4 years ago

Where are civil society organizations? kapena mwadya kale masikono?

Mika Kumbire
Mika Kumbire
4 years ago

Please investigate the whole issue. We know directors at Ministry of transport pocketed money from the Mozambican government to frustrate the Nsanje Port project. Is this Victor Mbewe or Victor Lungu? I thought Victor Mbewe is late?

Chabuduka
Chabuduka
4 years ago
Reply to  Mika Kumbire

You can not have one Victor Mbewe the whole Malawi you fool

Concerned reader from nsanje
Concerned reader from nsanje
4 years ago
Reply to  Chabuduka

ndipo photo imeneyi anajambula liti?..osangojambula matope alipo aja bwanji,,,ma photo a 2010 bingu ali moyo awa asanamize anthu apa

The Commentator formerly known as Obanda Joyce Nti
The Commentator formerly known as Obanda Joyce Nti
4 years ago

Ingotumani aganyu akumbe mchengao. Sizoti Muchitenso cash gate ina apa

chimzimu Chonyasa
4 years ago

“Listening Government?” KKKKKKKKKKKKK. Zamkutu ndithu

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