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Peter Mutharika pledges $600 million dry port

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By Jameson Chauluka:

President Peter Mutharika has pledged construction of a $600 million dry port in Liwonde, Machinga District which will connect Malawi to neighbouring countries.

Mutharika said this when he commissioned Kamuzu Barrage on the Shire River in the area.

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He said Liwonde is an important town as it connects Malawi to the Nacala Corridor in Mozambique and other parts of Africa.

“I want Liwonde to be a business centre, being part of the international corridor that connects Malawi to the Nacala Corridor. I want every part of the Eastern Region to develop and be accessible. There is no need for some parts of the country to be underdeveloped and inaccessible,” he said.

Mutharika urged Malawians to vote wisely in what he called the watershed May 21 Tripartite Elections when Malawians will choose either to move forward or backwards in terms of development.

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He said he has unmatched development plans for the country, saying opposition parties know of nothing but criticing his initiatives.

He queried: “Everything I do, they say, is bad. I open technical colleges, I establish subsidies, I build roads and other development projects but they are against all that. Is that what you want?”

On attacks on people with albinism, Mutharika said he is doing a lot to protect such people and has warned against politicising the unfortunate murders.

Mutharika said he once sent police Inspector General and other senior government officials to countries which experienced similar acts in the past to learn on how they dealt with them. He said he has built strong houses for some people with albinism to enhance their safety.

He also said he has ordered the establishment of police posts in all parts of country where there is a person with albinism.

Speaking earlier, Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Joseph Mwanamvekha, hailed Mutharika for providing sound leadership throughout implementation of the project.

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