Tue. Sep 17th, 2019

Embezzlement of Funds and Poor Strategy Haunts Lilongwe-Salima Water Project

By Brian Kanyenda
Smash Online has established that abuse of funds at the Lilongwe Water Board—LWB, has haunted the proper commencement of the multi-million dollar Salima-Lilongwe water project.
According to some sources confided in to Smash, who opted for anonymity, the program which has attracted attention worldwide, has been put to halt due to lack of funds to continue with the process.
The source said that with the trend some donors who were curious to funding the program, have withdrawn the interest to provide financial assistance to the activity.
The source said: “there is too much embezzlement of funds at the board as some finances meant for the program are being diverted to fund some top government officials, hence after some donors noted the malpractice dwindled their interest to fund the project.”
“There is too much panic at the board as most funds are as well being paid to Khato Civils state of the art equipment which has been in the country for over two years now.”
The project which is aimed at tapping water from Lake Malawi through Salima to contain the pressure of water shortage in Lilongwe and other surrounding areas is initially pegged to the tune of over 500 million United States dollars.
In an interview with this publication earlier the outgoing Lilongwe Water Board Chairperson chairperson Dr. Edward Chitsonga, the project is failing to materialize due to shortage of funds to cater for the whole process
However, Chitsonga said that the board is waiting for government’s permission, as the guarantor of the loan, to get approval from parliament and other international financial institutions
The Chairperson said recently the board borrowed 12 million kwacha from National Bank of Malawi, but the funds are not enough to lead to the convention of water tapping project from Lake Malawi.
He further admitted that resistance from other developmental partners to fund the project is highly affecting the commencement of the project
Meanwhile, Chitsonga said the board is currently following procedures because the amount of money involved in the project is substantial

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