The Parliamentary Commitee on Natural Resources and environment has said Government could pay a hefty price to Khato Civils if they dump the Salima-Lilongwe water project.
Chairperson of the Committee Werani Chilenga issued the warning in Parliament when he presented a report on the matter.
He said his commitee has established that government is likely to dump the Salima-Lilongwe project with influence from World Bank who want government to focus on Diamphwe Dam project.
He said if government terminates the contract with Khato Civils, it will have to pay Khato Civils $71 Million which is about 53 Billion Kwacha which will be a loss of tax payers money.
“Government already got into a contract with Khato Civils, if the government terminates that contract it means that Khato Civils would still demand $71 Million for nothing and it will be a huge loss to Malawians, ” he explained.
He recommended that government should settle for the Salima-Lilongwe water project because of the project’s potential impact.
“Both projects are equally good, but getting water from the lake is more sustainable. If you talk of Diamphwe, it will only last up to 2045. We don’t want to go into another contract after 2045,”said Chilenga.