It is not business as usual with the Vice President. He is biting and telling people the truth.
Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima has expressed dissatisfaction with a substandard dike which cost government K290 million.
According to Malawi Veep, the structure that has been constructed along Nkhande River, Senior Chief Tengani in Nsanje will not serve its purpose of saving people and their property during floods.
Chilima on Tuesday quizzed Shire River Basin Management Programs and BRL officials who have constructed the 832 metre dike.
“I must say the truth that the dike is of substandard. I did not expect to see work like what I have seen today here. Even though I am not an engineer, I am justified to call the construction work substandard,” Malawi Veep said.
The country’s second citizen also blasted the officials for inviting him to inspect such substandard work.
“I am really regretting that we have even spent resources to inspect something which will not protect our people. The project will not help our people.
“Therefore, we need to sit down and discuss so that the works should be reworked. This is a death trap to people because if the dike is washed away, then it will negatively affect the communities,” said Chilima.
He then told BRL Engineers to perfect the work so that the dike should be something that can protect people during rainy season.
During the visit, Chilima was accompanied by Nsanje Central Constituency lawmaker Francis Kasaila who is also Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development.
The substandard dike has been constructed in Kasaila’s constituency and he also expressed dissatisfaction with the shoddy work.
“We are not happy with the way the dike has been constructed. I and Senior Chief Tengani have been seeking audience with the BRL engineers but they have been shunning us. We wanted to give them advice which could have made the work to be perfected,” Kasaila said.
Meanwhile, BRL engineers have accepted the status of the structure of being substandard and have resolved to discuss the way forward with authorities.