LILONGWE (Malawi NewsNow)-The Malawi Government through Ministry of Transport and Public Works plans to recapitalize its Private Vehicle and Hire Organization (PVHO) for better quality infrastructural development.
Malawi to recapitalize PVHO as Minister asks MABCATA to improve its capacity
This comes amid the public outcry over substandard road networks, buildings that have in recent times, led to loss of lives and in some cases, public funds.
PVHO, the sole state agency that provides labour, vehicles, and equipment for hire on road works, has for decades been non-functional due to abuse of resources.
Through the PVHO recapitalization, Government will equip the department with resources to start transacting business with quality capital resources to improve Malawi’s infrastructure development.
In an interview after presiding over the first-ever conference of the Malawi Building and Civil Engineering Contractors and Allied Trades Association (MABCATA) in Lilongwe, Transport Minister Jappie Mhango, said all was set to recapitalize PHVO through a bill to be presented in Parliament during the next sitting.
Mhango observed that the agency was paralyzed by corruption and lack of seriousness on previous Governments, which needs to be rectified.
The Transport Minister added that the current state of poor infrastructure, including road networks, was attributed to PVHO’s dormancy.
Mhango therefore urged the MABCATA membership to work in unity for Government to provide huge contracts on public works development.
“Abuse of resources, coupled with corruption, paralyzed PVHO after our attaining democracy in 1994. This has to be rectified. Government is finalizing on how to recapitalize the agency for effective operations,” the Minister said.
“While the Ministry is working on revamping PVHO, members of MABCATA must not work in isolation. They need to work as one unit whereby they can be trusted with big Government projects. This will also help them to improve on capacity because Government can’t give a huge project to a contractor that does have enough human and material capacity,” Mhango said.
In his remarks, MABCATA’s President, Whickley Mhango, lamented on Government tendencies of awarding huge projects to foreigner contractors and said that this also erodes forex reserves.
Mhango assured the public if delivering quality service that the Association’s membership will no longer work in isolation.
The Conference attracted participants from manufacturing, contractors, Malawi Bureau of Standards, revenue collection, cement and paint companies.