K120 Billion for Mw - Mz Rail Link

Governments of Malawi and Mozambique are expected to invest one hundred and ten billion kwacha to rehabilitate a rail link between the two countries that was interrupted during the civil war in Mozambique.

Deputy Minister of Public Works, Nancy Chaola Mdoko has told Zodiak Online that logistical arrangements for Malawi to pump in K70 billion towards the project are already underway.

`` This rail link will provide an opportunity to communities in Nsanje, Thyolo and other districts in the southern region. It will re-connect businesses of many people who used to transport goods from their areas to market places in Limbe,” said Mdoko.

Rehabilitation of the rail connection between Malawi and Mozambique was interrupted in the 1980s at the height of the civil war in the neighboring country.

Mozambican media is reporting that the groundwork of that country’s part of the project, meant to end in September 2021, is in the process.

A parastatal company that manages Ports and Railway infrastructure, CFM will invest 30 million US dollars in the rehabilitation of the railroad spur in that country's central province.

CFM Managing Director Augusto Abudo says the money will be disbursed by his company.

The branch line is 115 kilometers long, of which 44 kilometers are on the Mozambican side between Dona Ana and Villa Nova da Fronteira, and the remaining 71 kilometers, stretches to Malawi’s Bangula in Nsanje.

The railway line will connect Malawi to the central Mozambican port of Beira.

The resumption of the link follows talks between the Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, and his Malawian counterpart President Lazarus Chakwera, in October, last year when the two leaders met in Tete.

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Last modified on Friday, 02/04/2021

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