Peter Mutharika, Motor- Engil hold secret talks


President Peter Mutharika last week ‘secretly’ held talks with a high-level delegation from Portuguese construction conglomerate, Mota-Engil, on the future of a $50 million (K22 billion) hotel project which the company cancelled.

The company abandoned plans to construct a five-star hotel at Monkey Bay in Mangochi following resistance from communities surrounding the area.

State House Press Secretary Gerald viola confirmed in an interview yesterday that Mutharika and the officials met on May 20.


He, however said details of the discus s ions are confidential as the meeting took place in camera.

“I can only confirm that that meeting took place. That is all what the President said. I am sure at the right time the nation will be told as to what has been agreed by the two sides,” said Viola.

Officials from Mota-Engil were also not readily available to comment on the outcome of the meeting.


But in an interview last week, Mota-Engil Malawi Public Relations Manager Thomas Chafunya confirmed that on the local level, officials from both sides have been meeting to find a lasting solution to the disagreements.

He described as a good gesture Mutharika’s commitment to initiate contact and dialogue.

According to the agreement for the aborted plan, the company proposed to construct a world-class tourist at tract ion site comprising a five-star hotel and a golf course under Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the area of Traditional Authority Nankumba.

During a recent press briefing in Lilongwe, Mutharika vowed to convince Mota-Engil to reverse the decision.

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