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By Faith Kamtambe:

International Relations Committee of Parliament has said it is disappointed that Ministry of Transport and Public Works’ officials have, thrice, failed to appear before the committee when summoned over issues regarding Malawi’s building at its embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Reports indicate that the building, which was built to the tune of K6 billion, is not in a usable state and requires rehabilitation at the cost of K187 million.

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The committee’s chairperson, Alex Major, said Parliament has called again the ministry’s officials on Tuesday so as to hear out issues regarding the matter.

He, however, said this time it would be like a hearing as the ministry did not honour previous calls from the committee.

“On Tuesday, we would like to hear from the PS on matters regarding the house in Addis Ababa. The house was built in 2010 using K6 billion, which means that the money went down the drain,” he said.

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Ministry of Transport spokesperson, James Chakwera, confirmed about Tuesday’s meeting.

He, could, however not be drawn to talk more about the issue of the building.

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