The Malawi National Assembly has passed a MK11.2 billion loan authorization bill meant to cater for water supply in the Capital, Lilongwe.
The Bill is called,“European Investment Bank (Lilongwe Water Resources Efficiency Programme) loan (Authorization).”
Malawi’s Finance Minister Dr Goodall Gondwe said in the house that government is going to borrow 24 million Euros from European Investment Bank which is about MK11.2 billion.
“The bill’s intended purpose is to increasing efficiency in water supply to the City and the program will cover 250 thousand new connections across the city of Lilongwe as Kamuzu Dam will be extended to 5 meters in order to increase the water capacity, he explained.
The Minister said that the move will increase capacity of water supply to the people of Lilongwe who have been hit by water shortages for the past years.
Gondwe told the local media in an interview,” “Lilongwe is the Capital City of Malawi, what benefit Lilongwe therefore benefits the whole country.
“That bill is about improving quality of water supply in Lilongwe City, therefore it is very important for us to pass the bill.”
“Can you imagine a delegation coming from the United States of America and find that we had no any water, he won’t say there is no water in Lilongwe but he will say no water in Malawi so we had to do something about the water situation,” he said.
The Water boards in Malawi have been experiencing a number of challenges to effectively supply water to the masses in the country and lately people in the Commercial City of Blantyre, and Bangwe in particular protested against shortage of water for over a week.