Bogus hiring of construction machinery: Malawi govt ripped

Millions of money that was meant for the Malawi government coffers is going down the drain perpetrated by individual bosses at the Water and Irrigation Department who are hiring out high quality construction equipment at exorbitant prices to individual and some construction companies and the proceeds of the same goes to into personal pockets, Nyasa Times has established.

One of the machinery  which some officers are accused of illegally hiring for private gain

One of the machinery which some officers are accused of illegally hiring for private gain

According to Nyasa Times source within Tikwere House which are the official offices of these department, the two Departments owns high quality equipment which includes Drilling Rigs, Water Bowsers, Water Pumps, Dozers, Excavators, Front-End loaders, Carriers, Rollers, Tippers and Dredgers among others which were donated by JICA when in fact the sole mandate of keeping such equipment belongs to PVHO.

These individuals hire ou equipment to private companies they in turn also sublease to other construction companies who are working on government projects. What this means is that government is losing out twice as much.

“The individuals and companies hires out at twice the rate that PVHO would hire out. Then these companies share the proceeds with the government officials,” said the source.

Nyasa Times source said that according to Section 30 (2)of the Public Finance Management Act stipulates : “There is hereby established the Public Finance Management (Plant and Vehicle Hire and Engineering Service Fund) PVHO hereinafter referred as the “Fund”) which shall be used for the purpose of acquiring fixed assets and working capital for the provision of general engineering services to government, private firms and individuals, including hiring and maintenance of machinery and vehicle on commercial basis and for no other purpose.”

“As you can see from the Public Finance Management Act the equipment in the Water and Irrigation Departments is wrongly placed and that is why it is being abused. For the equipment to be profitably utilized it should go to PVHO. What it means here is that there is conflict of governments Policy Direction. Why is PVHO in existence when these Departments own such high quality equipment? This is the reason why the proceeds from hiring out of the equipment is questionable,” queried the source.

Water and Irrigation Department spokesperson Mercy Jalazi admitted that it is indeed true that occasionary these equipment are hired out to individuals and construction companies who are charged based on prevailing PVHO rates.

“The proceeds of the same are deposited into Irrigation Trust Fund at the Reserve Bank of Malawi. The Department then writes RBM if there is need to utilize the resources,” said Jalazi.

However, at Tikwere House the Nyasa Times sourcessaid very little money is deposited into this fund because the rest is pocketed by individual bosses and a selected few officers who work hand in hand with them.

Water and Irrigation Department under the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development is mandated to oversee the development and management of water and irrigation in the country and this entails that they champion the development of water related infrastructure such as dams, water harvesting structures, dykes, irrigation schemes.

“PVHO is deliberately being incapacitated for whatever reasons. Government policy gave the mandate to PVHO. Yes it is true some equipment is supposed to be used by these Departments but the core duty of PVHO is to take care of the equipment and maintaining. You may wish to know that the utilization of these equipments is not benefiting government and the same government shoulders the maintenance expenses,” said the source.

Jalazi also admitted that it is indeed true that the mandate of hiring out of such equipment rests with PVHO but that does not stop other government ministries owning various construction plants because of the nature of the service they provide..

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28 thoughts on “Bogus hiring of construction machinery: Malawi govt ripped”

  1. Nkopoman says:

    Irrigation is a wicked dept. For years swindling BADEA money meant for development of Nkopola scheme and Lweya scheme kumpoto in Nkhata-Bay, sizinakukwaneni? Kubela otsauka! Lucky u ur in Malawi, in the name of fake Engineers.

  2. james says:

    its true irrigation is being mismanaged by few officers headed by the PS

  3. Dambudzo mwasanya says:

    Ndiye reform ya Saulosi Chilima ili pati.Reform just by mere words on the paper when there is no proper system and accountability in the govt.Iyenso pa declaration of assets anangoti several houses zokanika ndikuwerengera.Probably we should sell this tiny country to the US to be the 51 state.Aliyense angolota kuba basi.Chiwewe chakuba chavuta pamalawi.Ku Singapore munapitako heavily controlled corruption that why they became Asian tigers.Pamalawi timbava tama cadhgate are walking scot free and all the evidence destroyed.Stop burning jet fuels for nothing and wasting our taxes buying taxes.It doesn’t require travelling that far on such conscipiquous things.Malawi is really doomed.

  4. Hastings says:

    we blame foreigners for our woes when it is our own civil service…. Corruption has become a norm… Christianity and Islam forbid corruption, yet we supposed adherents of the two Abrahamic faiths choose to ignore!

  5. mbani says:

    Free for all as long as u r close to the govt cashbox.pple r poor and receiving miserable salaries so u want to bring reforms where akulodza

  6. Balamanthu says:

    Free for all.How can we do reform when every civil servant is stealing from government?How can we develop like this when we are led by a government of thieves, for thieves who thieve ndi mchenga omwe.No wonder we are the least developed country.

    Bwanji tipangise rent Malawi kwa Kagame for just one year.Our prisons will be full, Malawi will develop and we will also build double the prisons we currently have.Almost all civil servants will be in jail kuyambira nduna zomwe.

  7. Martin says:

    Kupanda a Ngwazi tikanakhala Ndani Ife?(K.N.N.I.)Pelekani za Kesale kwa Kesale.Give what belongs to P.V.H.O.Zikutheka bwanji kuti zimaplantszo zizipezeka ku ma ministrieswa?

  8. Kwakwase says:

    It’s not surprising. Even in other depts like land resources, two people wanted to fight over seven million and forty three million cashgate. Hey acb what are you doing? Knock on their doors, aba kwambiri. Get information from some officers there who know what has been happening.

  9. sunderstar says:

    Thare is rampat corruption at this Dept ACB and Fiscal Police need to go there to find out whether its true.

  10. Gum says:

    Mr Mundango Nyirenda , I appreciate if you can report to ACB. Act like a good citizen. I am sure you once studied Civics.

  11. Thubwelunwe says:

    Nanu aNyasa Times mukutionjezatu! Mukungoulula trick iliyonse ndiye mukuti ife tikakudyereni kuti? Bwanji mukufuna kutseka paliponse? Moyo oipa! Mudzalangidwa nazo kumwamba zimenezi

  12. ntondo says:

    Tafufuzani abwana mbozi,mamba,Mawelu komanso Jana anthu amenewa awoletsa irrigation ndi katangAle.Boma la DPP likakanika kuthana ndi nbavazi zambili ziwonongeka.Ana amapepela a water management akungokhala and yet Ku water anthu Ali chabe ndi MSCE.Kodi pepala LA Ku Mzuni osalilola bwanji?

  13. tell me says:

    good work nyasa times for exposing ‘affairism’ in our country. Keep up the good job.

  14. Kanyimbi says:

    This is why the civil service need reform. Malawi is behind because of the under performing civil servants yet what they want is higher perks. Whenever a reform is coming they go for strikes. A chule a chabechabe.

  15. kumunda says:

    That’s why Malawi will never develop. We need people who love this country to work in these jobs.

  16. we should have terorrist group to kill this fucken government officials

  17. pika says:

    These equipment are tools of their trade in the water and irrigation departments. Let them own them and use accordingly. They maintain them on their own as no one can maintain some of them in Malawi apart from those employed to do so and are working in water and irrigation more so the drilling rigs. Koma whistle blower uyu is misinforming people ndithu. Let these officers work professionally as they do with their tools of their trade. If this whistle blower want to be party to it let him /her joing the trade of drilling boreholes, maintaining drilling rigs, operating tippers, constructing dams, water prospecting and activities like that.

    if a disaster falls can PVHO act swiftly as these people and department have acted in this drought? Now they are in Lower Shire serving the Nation and you can not see the need that these equipment are supposed to be owned these departments. Mbuzi ya munthu iyi yikuona chovuta apa. Infact some of the machines you have mentioned here are not hired out as portrayed in the article because they are very delicate to handled by strangers so they have special people who are specially trained to operate and maintain them.

    1. Dr Bwampini says:

      Koma kuli mzimayi wina who was transferred to Blantyre ndi WA cement gate. He was telling me as a contractor to exaggerate BOQs so that yapamwambayo amangire nyumba Ku Area 43

  18. bonya says:

    This is equipgate.

  19. GONANI says:

    Just arrest them please! They are a bunch of unrepentant baboons! This is the time when every senior government employee would be thriving to make their departments and ministries as clean and competent as possible, so as to show signs of repentance from self inflicted evil vices of cash gate.

    But no! They are not even out of the cash gate shadows – here they go – already busy with a different kind of stealing. It just shows that they are not human!

  20. chejali says:

    Kwidzingani basi mfiti zoyipa izi

  21. Tiwalankhulire says:

    Because sin affects every part of a human body, every section, department, organization, community of Malawi is sinful. Malawi is very sick of corruption, theft, embezzlement. The Head is sick, the neck is sick, the belly is sick, arms, palms, and fingers even nails are sick. The mouth is sick, the tongue, teeth, wind pipe, stomach and intestines are sick. The brain, the heart and the mind are sick.



  22. MATIKI says:

    Muwaunike bwinobwino kumeneko

    Iwowo kwawo ndikusolora ntchito



  23. Chakuchaku says:

    another cashgate through machine hiring,oh! abalet kumaganizira anzanu osauka.

  24. Cadaver says:

    Thats Malawi and its rot!

  25. carseat says:

    Zinayamba kalekale izi…..

    1. Dr Bwampini says:

      Ndiposo kuli cement gate , reinforcement metal bars gate , anthu kumakamangila nyumba zawo Ku Area 43. Ask Mrs …. She is building her mansion there which doesn’t march with her salary. Anaba cement yaku project ya Irlad, SCMP

  26. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    Where is Malawi heading too ? Please , is this what multiparty democracy has brought us ?

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