Minister responsible Atupele Muluzi was responding to a supplementary question in the House where member for Mchinji West wanted to know why it has taken long for government to start reconstructing the kitchen.
Muluzi said though government allocated funds for the project in the past budgets; the bid prices from contractors were too high that Mchinji Council rejected them.
“You may wish to know that some contractors who bid for the construction works of the kitchen were charging as much as 200 thousand Kwacha which was a huge amount compared to the works at Mchinji hospital. This prompted the council to suspend the bids because after evaluation with the office of public procurement it was found that the prices were exorbitant,” indicated the Minister.
Muluzi also said government has been working with partners who are showing interest to help in funding the project.
The Minister however has assured people of Mchinji that government with its partners are working tirelessly to see that the project starts as soon as possible.
Parliament on Tuesday also passed a Control of Goods bill that will repeal the old law that governed import and exports of the country. Presenting the bill in the House, Minister of Industry and Trade Henry Mussa said the legislation will enable the Ministry to ban or lift ban on imports and exports on reasonable grounds.
According to the Minister, the main departure of the new law over the old legislation is the introduction of accountability and predictability in the regulation of imports and exports if deemed necessary and in the public interest.
Later the national assembly passed a bill authorizing government to borrow K53.4 billion from the International Development Association of the World Bank for a project that will bring about affordable high quality internet connectivity.
Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe noted that affordable internet connectivity is essential to improve service delivery in both government and private sector.
All members from both government and opposition sides who spoke on the bill emphasized on the importance of the bill to the nation and observed that this was a long overdue project if Malawi is to move in line with globalization.