vendredi 1er mars 2013, par Florent Tiassou

The podcast highlights the challenges faced by the Mudi Dam, a dam in the commercial city of Blantyre, Malawi. This dam is used to supply water to residents in the city when there are interruptions from the main source of water supplied in the Southern region part of the country especially in summer when the water levels are low at Walkers Ferry, the main pumping station.

In the early 1990’s when Malawi was changing from one party era to multiparty democracy, some people misunderstood what democracy meant and thought it was freedom for them to take over public property. Mudi Dam Catchment area was not spared, residents encroached the catchment area, destroying the trees which used to cover the area since 1953 when it was constructed. They created maize fields which resulted in perennial soil erosion. Today the capacity of the dam is reduced from 45 million cubic meters to 8 million cubic meters. By Pilirani Tambala.