The engineering firm that constructed the Nsanje dyke says the dyke which was declared substandard will not be reconstructed.
According to Engineer Robert Mwina of Mitondo Civil Engineering Company, the dyke was built in accordance with project terms of reference and it will be not be redone.
Last week Vice President Saulos Chilima inspected the dyke in Nsanje where he expressed dissatisfaction with the substandard structure.
Chilima added that relevant authorities should discuss so that the dyke, said to have cost K298 million, should be reworked.
“This is a death trap to people because if the dyke is washed away, then it will negatively affect the communities,” he said.
But Mwina told the local media that Chilima visited a dyke that is still under construction hence his anger was justified.
“I think the VP was not informed properly. He was given the impression that the dyke is complete and seeing unfinished product on the ground, his reaction was justifiable,” said Mwina.
He added that K117 million and not K298 million was allocated to the actual construction of the dyke which is 1068 meters long.
World Bank funded the construction of the dyke under Shire River Basin Management Program but Malawi Government was responsible for implementation.