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Government signs K780 billion projects Memorandum of Understanding

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Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a local company called Khato Civils Private Limited to carry out three major projects of providing water to Lilongwe City from Salima, construction of toll gates and an international bus terminal in Lilongwe.

The three projects are valued at $1 billion (K780 billion).

This MoU is indicated in the communiqué from the just-ended Malawi Investment Forum which took place in Lilongwe two weeks ago.

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“MoUs were signed on the following projects. Lake Malawi Water Supply Project was signed by the Minister of Agriculture representing the Government of Malawi and Mr Simbi Phiri who is CEO [Chief Executive Officer] of Khato Civils Pty Limited; management and operation of toll roads, this one will be signed when Minister of Transport comes back from out of the country,” reads the communiqué.

Media and Public Relations Manager for Khato Civils Pty Ltd, Taonga Botolo, said in an interview yesterday that the water project from Salima to Lilongwe City, the toll roads and the international bus station project will all be done by Khato Civils.

“We shall have water treatment plant in Salima so that water is supplied to all areas where the pipe will pass, that’s Salima, Dowa and Lilongwe. We shall have six water reservoirs, especially in densely populated areas like Area 25, Area 24 and Chinsapo. We believe this grand project will address the water problem in Lilongwe,” said Botolo, adding “We have the capacity to handle the projects.”

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Botolo said Khato is also involved in a similar water project in Giyani, Limpopo Province in South Africa which is designed as a long-term solution to Mopani District Municipality valued at 11 billion rands.

As for the toll gates, Botolo said Khato Civils will construct toll gates in conjunction with Inter-Toll company and that dual carriages will be constructed where the toll gates will be fixed. This, he said, has already been endorsed by the Ministry of Transport.

He also said Khato has already signed an MOU with Lilongwe City Council to construct a state-of-the-art international bus terminal at a place near Lilongwe Water Board.

Minister of Trade and Industry Joseph Mwanamvekha hailed the companies that showed interest to invest in Malawi. He said there were six MoUs that were signed during the 2016 Malawi Investment Forum between government and foreign investors and in some cases between local and foreign investors.

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