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Engineers’ body rues substandard projects

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Malawi Institution of Engineers (MIE) has attributed the poor quality and substandard constructions to inadequate regulation in the engineering industry which has resulted in dubious people practising as engineers.

Because of this insanity, MIE is reviewing its 1971 Act to merge Malawi Institute of Engineers and Board of Engineers. The new bill likely to be passed by Parliament this year will not allow any engineer to practise without being registered. It will also mandate the institution to discipline and monitor engineers and their works so that clients are not given a raw deal.

Speaking, Friday, at a cocktail in Mzuzu organised by the northern chapter of the institution, MIE president Andrew Thawe admitted that there is insanity in the engineering profession with some practising without being registered leading to giving clients raw deal and costing them and government a lot of money.

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“Once the bill is passed, probably during November sitting of Parliament, we shall have powers to discipline and monitor engineers. We shall be able to enforce the law. All engineers will have to register with the institution,” said Thawe who added that only about 600 engineers were registered leaving out about 1,500.

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi Regional Manager for the North James Chunda who was guest of honour called on engineers in the country to walk the talk by providing solutions to issues that demand their work.

“We need to change the way we do things. We need to work with efficiency and get the best out of our work. Money spent on maintenance can be little if we work efficiently. The country can save a lot if we do our work efficiently,” said Chunda.

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The chapter’s president Francis Gondwe thanked companies and individuals that sponsored the cocktail. They included Uranius Consulting Engineers of South Africa, Northern Region Water Board, Tahit Networks, Goka civil engineering, Kangawa construction, Chimeto investments, Hope A & I Investments, Sitibec Limited, Pamodzi Consulting engineers and Dr. Matthews Mtumbuka.

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