President Peter Mutharika has hit at donors and local Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) who have questioned the implementation of the $500 million Lake Malawi water project saying they should not try to run this country because they are foreigners.
He also warned international institutions against disrupting development projects which his government is implementing.
The president made the remarks at Biwi Triangle in Lilongwe when he was coming from Blantyre.
Mutharika’s government awarded a contract to billionaire Simbi Phiri’s Khato Civils to lay a pipeline that will pump 50 million litres of water a day from Lake Malawi in Salima to Lilongwe. The engineering firm will also conduct a feasibility study for the project.
Recently, donors asked government not to flout procedures when implementing the project.
This has angered the president who has accused the donors and CSOs of trying to derail the water project.
“Let me warn some CSOs and some foreigners who are sabotaging the water programme from Salima to Lilongwe. They are coming with all sorts of things. Let me tell them, you are visitors here, you are here not to run this country.
“This country is a sovereign nation. Don’t try to run this country or sabotage our programmes,” Mutharika said.
He further stressed that the project, also known as the Salima-Lilongwe water project, will continue so that water problems in the capital city should be dealt with.
“In 4-5 years we will do this programme from Salima to Lilongwe. There is no other choice because of the crisis.
“If nothing is done, we will have a crisis, there will be no water in the city of Lilongwe,” Mutharika said.
He then lashed out at colonialists saying they were in this country for 73 years and never did any development.
The president also attacked late president Kamuzu Banda claiming that he led the country for 31 years but left the country with 64 per cent of the people below the poverty line.
Mutharika however appealed for patience so that his government should develop Malawi.
“So all I’m asking is for you to give me time,” Mutharika said.