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