Mozambican Ministry of Transport and Communication announced in Maputo on Monday that the navigation of the Zambezi River and Shire River are practically impossible with environmental, social and economic impacts taken into consideration.
It is the first conclusion of a similar study with the same purpose, which has been already carried out with results to be announced in the coming August, Mozambique’s state news agency AIM reports on Monday.
The study comes as a request from the Malawi government, who intends to make use of the two rivers for commercial purposes to import and export commodities, with great potential to reduce by 60 percent of its actual costs.
Fortunato Albreiro, the Director of Public Relations from the Transport Ministry, recalled that the first studies concluded that the navigability of the rivers for Malawian purposes were not recommended.
Albreiro said that the rivers particularly the Zambezi River represent a huge economic value to Mozambique, judging by the location of the Cahora Bassa dam, responsible for the production of large quantity of electric power supplied to a few Southern African countries in the region, in particular South Africa, the largest buyer.
The Zambezi is the fourth-longest river in Africa, which rises in Zambia and empty into the Indian Ocean in Mozambique. The Shire is the largest river in Malawi and the only outlet of Lake Malawi and flows into the Zambezi River in Mozambique. Enditem