Zambia and Malawi have launched a K15 million project for the
construction of the water and sanitation schemes for border posts of
Chanida, Mwami and Mchinji.
The project was funded by the Department for International Development
(DFID), Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF)
on three borders of which two are on the Zambian side while one was on
the Malawian side.
Eastern Province Minister Makebi Zulu said during the launch of water
and sanitation schemes held at Mwami Border in Chipata that
the availability of water and good sanitation today were human rights.
The Minister said through acting Permanent Secretary Patrick Mwanawasa
that his Government would endevoure to provide the services through
commercial utilities like Eastern Water and Sewerage Company (EWSC).
He said the company together with Central Regional Water Board (CRWB)
through CRIDF and the British Government have worked on the
commencement works of the water reticulations at the border towns.
Mr Zulu said the project involves the construction of a water supply
system and an ablution block at Mwami and Mchinji as well as the
rehabilitation of the existing ablution block at Chanida border.
“This project is targeting the border areas taking into consideration
the travelling public and also the residents. Over 6,000 travellers and 1,500 households are expected to benefit from this project,” he said.
He said the water reticulation for the three border areas would
promote good health and bring dignity to the residents and travelling
With the present situation in the three border areas, the minister
said residents and travelling public especially truck drivers who were
marooned for days at the borders would get good drinking water and
Mr Zulu said he was aware that lack of good sanitation obstructs the
right to life and health.
He commended the chiefs for giving permission to EWSC and CRWB to put
up the facilities in the border areas.
He appealed to the travelling public and the residents to protect the
facilities which would contribute to good sanitation and lead to a
reduction of water borne disease in the three border areas.
Speaking earlier, Malawian Principal Secretary in the ministry of
Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Erica Maganga said the
the scope of the project on the Malawian side shall include drilling
and equipping of three boreholes, laying of transmission and
distribution pipeline network and construction of a water tank, an
ablution block and two communal water points.
Mrs Maganga said this would serve cross-border travellers, the local community as well as
the general public at the border town with sanitary and health facilities.
“Individuals that can afford individual household water connections
shall also be served. It is believed that, with the installation of
the water supply system here, this border will quickly transform
because other investors are likely come in with different services,”she said.
Mrs Maganga said development of such social amenities in towns and
market centres was integral to socio-economic development of the
And EWSC Managing Director Lytone Kanowa said he was happy that the
project was taking off.
African Brothers Limited, a Chinese contractor is engaged to carryout
the project for the 112 days.