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Govt. expresses dissatisfaction with flood control works in Nsanje

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The Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima who is also Minister of Disaster Management Affairs has expressed dissatisfaction with substandard flood control works in Nsanje district.

Jere (R) briefing Dr Chilima (M) about the project while Chinthu Phiri looks on Jere (R) briefing Dr Chilima (M) about the project while Chinthu Phiri looks on

The Vice President expressed dissatisfaction when he visited a Dyke Construction Site recently constructed to control floods in the area and other disasters in the district. The Vice President noted that the quality of work is not in line with government standard.

Addressing the gathering at Headquarters of Senior Chief Tengani Dr Chilima pointed out that as part of patriotism to the country there is need for those doing development works to ensure that the works are of good standard.

“I am disappointed because this is not the expected work. The work is below our standard, because of these kinds of structures we are putting peoples’ lives at risk,” said Dr Chilima.

The project has cost about 290 million kwacha which Dr Chilima said the amount of money injected and the outcome is worrisome. The Vice President added that government will engage the stakeholders involved in the project.


Member of Parliament for the area who is also Minister of Labour Francis Kasaila also expressed dismay of the dyke works. 

In his remarks, Anati Jere one of the officials from BRL Consultancy firm which is managing the project concurred with the Vice President starting that they will go back to the drawing board and discuss about the project.

Speaking during the meeting, Senior Chief Tengani also express worry about the project saying the project lacks quality.

“The quality of work is substandard, we have been engaging the contractor but our voices or concerns were not heard,” said the chief.

The Dyke is part of a project under the Shire River Basin Management Program with funding from the World Bank.

A dyke is an elongated naturally occurring ridge or artificially constructed fill or wall, which regulates water levels.

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