Written by  Memory Chatonda - MANA

Vice President Saulos Chilima on Wednesday disclosed that Tonse government has not abandoned the Zambezi Waterway project commonly known as Nsanje Inland port which has been stalled for many years, saying discussions are underway to make it useful.


Chilima was speaking in Nsanje after touring Nsanje Inland port, Bangula Train Station, Ntayamoyo Bridge and East Bank road.


“Nsanje In land port has not been abandoned. Right now, discussions are underway and when we have finalised this people will be notified and the good thing is, the Ministry of Transport is contemplating of using the infrastructure for rail development specifically a dry port (container depot).

“Here in Lower shire, we are lucky because we have projects like the Shire Valley Transformation. Therefore, transportation of farm produce through train to other districts will be easy. Equally, transporting goods to and from Beira will be much cheaper and faster,” he said.

Chilima also said that government would continue prioritising the implementation of the railway project followed by other infrastructural development.

He therefore said he will continue doing inspection of government funded projects to ensure that tax payers money is properly utilized for the implementation of durable and reliable projects to benefit future generations.

“It is a known fact that all government projects are funded by Malawians because they pay taxes hence the need for such people to have good quality and durable infrastructures.

“Having durable infrastructural developments like bridges, railway lines, roads and others will be opening doors for job creation and businesses for present and future generation which has a direct bearing to contributing towards economic growth of this country,” he said.

Nsanje District Commissioner, Madison Matchaya thanked the Vice President for expressing governments commitment to implement various developmental projects such as roads, railway lines and bridges to enable people access various social amenities.

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