Written by: Doro Mapira
Mota Engil has come publicly to claim from the country’s Roads Authority for arrears of more than Fifty Billion Kwacha for a number of works they delivered which dates back to 2008.
In a document dated 20 July 2020, that Akometsi has seen signed by Mota Engil Managing Director Nuno Antunes, the company can not continue with some of their work as their financial conditions are not allowing them to do so. This has led them to suspend some of the works and concentrate on the ones they regard to be the key ones.
“Our capability to procure enough resources for the ongoing projects has been restricted so much so that we cannot afford to keep all the current projects going at the same time,” reads part of the document.
Mota Engil has also bemoaned that Roads Authority only pays them for completed contracts, a thing that has also affected them in reducing or suspending their works.
The contractor that has for so long been trusted to construct the roads of Malawi claims to have reminded Roads Authority so many times on the payments but there has not been any meaningful action taken so far.
From the 22 completed roads, Roads Authority owes Mota Engil a sum of 95,456,984,856 Billion Malawi Kwacha which also includes interests.
Meanwhile, Mota Engil is currently working on Livingstonia Njakhwa road, Area 18 Interchange and Maselema Chiradzulu turnoff. However, these roads have cumulative bills with interest in excess of Fourteen billion Kwacha.