Authorities in Malawi have re-affirmed commitment to rollout the Salima-Lilongwe water supply project after signing a term sheep for a loan agreement. Nationas Msowoya, a director in Malawi’s ministry of finance said
recently, government, Contractor Khato Civils and the financier are now discussing terms of the loan agreement.
Briefing a parliamentary committee on Natural resources, Msowoya said “we have endorsed the creditor and once the discussions on the loan are completed, the minister [of finance] will present a bill to
parliament.” During the committee meeting, Khato Civils CEO Mongezi Mnyani said Khato was ready to continue mobilizing and deliver the project on time and on budget.
“As you may be aware, Khato, already started mobilizing resources in Malawi soon after the award of the contract, we commit to hit the ground running immediately the loan is signed,” Said Mnyani. The government of Malawi through the Lilongwe Water Board awarded the Salima-Lilongwe water project to Khato Civils in 2016
after a rigorous bidding process that had seven bidders. Meanwhile, Welani Chilenga, the chairperson of parliament’s committee on Natural Resources and Climate Change the committee will support the loan bill for the project once it is tabled in parliament.
In the project, Khato Civils and a sister engineering company South Zambezi, will build an intake in Lake Malawi that will pump up to 50 000 cubic meter of water per day through a 50-centimeter diameter pipeline to a first treatment plant situated at a distance of 2 kilometers. There will, in total, be three reservoirs [ each with a treatment plant] to ensure that water arrives in Lilongwe treated and ready for distribution. The client Lilongwe water board, will also be enabled to distribute the treated water to villages surrounding the pipeline on the 111 kilometer stretch.