Khato civils dismiss reports of Salima- Lilongwe water supply project
By: Vincent Gunde
Khato Civils has disputed media reports made by the Acting Chief Executive Officer( CEO) for Lilongwe Water Board( LWB) that the company failed to find a financier for Lake Malawi- Lilongwe Water Board Supply Project resulting into termination of the project.
Khato Civils has described the reports as untrue and baseless saying the company has been engaging various financing institutions inorder to secure funding for the Water Supply Project.
The company claims to have written numerous correspondences to the Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Hon. Joseph Mwanamveka in the past 8 months and received no response at all, saying despite of all of their efforts, LWB has failed to respond to and discuss funding proposals for financing the project.
This is contained in a statement issued by the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Mongezi Mnyani dated 18th May, 2020.
In the statement, Khato Civils says the Acting CEO, LWB is highly compromised and is being used by his political handlers who wish to portray a misleading image to the public to give the impression that the contract has been frustrated by non- performance of Khato Civils when reality and truth of the matter is that the Ministry of Finance and LWB are the ones who for reasons best known to themselves have frustrated the contract.
Khato Civils says the former CEO of LWB requested the company to re- engage the Ministry of Finance for the finalization of funding for the project through a letter dated 28th October, 2019.
….” Since then up to now, the Ministry of Finance, has never re- engaged the company, all correpondences requesting the re- engagement have been ignored leaving the company with no option other than to seek legal redress,”…. reads the statement in part.
The statement says Khato Civils has done everything practically possible to ensure that financial closure is concluded, but the various reasons, this process has been frustrated by the Ministry of Finance and LWB.
Khato Civils is advising the Acting CEO of LWB not to mislead the public with deliberate calculated misinformation that is disturbing attitude coming from a senior civil servant who occupies such an important position saying this is serious travesty of fairness and transparency.
The company says this dispute has already been referred before an Arbitrator because LWB has clearly demonstrated that they have unilaterally decided to cancel the contract through their unprofessional conduct and the LWB has been given a list of possible Arbitrators.