Chaponda pressing ODPP to favour HTD Limited

Office of the Director of Public Procurement (ODPP) is facing political pressure from Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr George Chaponda to “cut corners” for HTD Limited to get procurement deals from government.

Before Peter Mutharika  government, HTD danced in glory with the Joyce Banda's PP government as good "well-wishers" as seen in this file photo

Before Peter Mutharika government, HTD danced in glory with the Joyce Banda’s PP government as good “well-wishers” as seen in this file photo

According to sources from ODPP, HTD Limited have been going through Chaponda to “influence” the office in approving the procurement deals against all odds.

“We are under political pressure to favour HTD Limited,” said an ODPP source.

“Minister Chaponda is backing the company and the impression being created is that HTD are doing business for the President,” said the source.

Chaponda could not pick up his phone when contacted for comment after several attempts.

But a State House official exonerated President Peter Mutharika from any business of HTD, saying if there are ministers who are engaged with the company corruptly and there will be evidence, the Head of State will not hesitate to act.

HTD registered owners are: Anawar Mahomed Sidik and Abudul Haris Mahomed Sidik, both British Passport holders.

It is a private local Limited Liability Company incorporated in Malawi in 1993 .

The company has been making political donations to the former president late Bingu wa Mutharika regime and went to be key “well-wishers” of the Joyce Banda administration bankrolling the People’s Party and continues their “generosity” in support of  the current Peter Mutharika government. They recently donated  a vehicle to First Lady Gertrude Mutharika’s Beautify Malawi Trust.

HTD, the distributors of Kia motors in Malawi were among the companies under  probe by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), with the help of the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM), as Treasury paid out a sum of money estimated at K600 million (about $1.5m.)

Meanwhile, law enforcing agencies fear HTD because of their connection to the power that be and they enjoy “untroubled” status.

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31 thoughts on “Chaponda pressing ODPP to favour HTD Limited”

  1. ndadabwa says:

    anthuni tazichanhamukani. si HTD koma ndi Peter Mutharika thru Ben Phiri

  2. Lord Denning Chatsika says:

    Ntata can you come again on this matter l recall you wrote something on HDT and corruption and we took you as mad. Please say it again

  3. NGONGOLIWA says:


  4. stewart says:

    i have strong evidence mene amabera nsonkho ngati MRA ikufuna andipeze

  5. Kwangwagwa says:

    Cashgate continues

  6. Tione says:

    ODPP musalole chonde. Agalu amenewa akutizunza. What is special with HTD? Amwenye ndi akubatu ndiye apezana ndi mbava zinzawo. Shupiti Chaponda ndiwe galu weniweni kanyimbi iwe. Ufuna akugawireko? Mxiiiiiiii!

  7. Rift valley says:

    I recall Ntata being on record as saying one HTD boss was somehow connected to MK92 billion Cashgate by getting lucrative Government businesses (or something like that) through late Bingu. Chaponda was in Bingu’s cabinet then. Do you need any more evidence that these DPP heavy weights and indeed DPP itself are bad medicine? Why do we still tolerate these people. A Malawi ndiye we have sunk very low.

  8. Wiza says:

    I feel sorry when people talk of patriotism when the leaders are not patriotic and greedy

  9. zakusimba says:


  10. DOBO says:

    DPP is the most corruptive party in Africa.It started cashgate. and fulfilled by PP, the offspring of DPP.To say the truth DPP is a nightmare to Malawi Nation.

  11. chatonda says:

    That is why we are still the poorest because of corruption like this. Kindly release such information so that thieves can be ashamed. Let me Mutharika government address this madness and dismiss or fire thieves like Chaponda who have ruined the image of the president and his DPP GOVERNMENT

  12. Kasungu says:

    What news can we get from mutharikas other than stealing .

  13. Bob says:

    What a stupid govt and the president will just look on when a Senior Minister is being involved in shady deals and interfering into govt agencies work. Shame

  14. Lord Denning Chatsika says:

    ACB please investigate this matter chaponda has been corrupted why kwa a bereka a HDT where there are other very good car dealers like Toyota Stansted cfao etc let them compete not enter through the back door

  15. njala nthenda nsanje.
    luzitsani mitima yathu kuti tisaope

  16. Njalayamalamuchiuno says:

    That is Malawi and its politicians! A day never passes without reading some nasty stories about corruption and fraud. It is high time love takes over greed in our Nation. A rotten fish is a rotten one and it doesn’t matter whether it starts from the head or tail. In the end the whole nation bears a bad name in the eyes of the International community.

  17. Achimidzimidzi says:

    ODPP,what is your problem? Give HTD Ltd all government deals.Jealousy eh!

    Peter Munthalika and DPP government were democratically elected in court.
    If you are trying to be nice or you are from opposition parties, you are wasting your time.

    After all this government can buy things without your office.

    1. Bob says:

      Iwe waChimidzidi eti. ODPP is a certified govt institution governed by procurement act. They dont just give out contracts without assessing competitive bids. The idea is to avoid such deals. High payments with substandard goods. No wonder Malawi is not forging ahead.

  18. lyie says:

    Malawi angothapo basi Zambia,Tanzania,Mozambique agawanepo basi,nowadays am not proud to be a Malawian

  19. Abiti says:

    No wonder we are not moving as a nation

  20. Idulusi Issa says:


  21. tsetsefly says:

    Everything for DPP and nothing for Malawians. It was a big mistake to vote DPP back to power. We have not seen things yet.

  22. Blue Ice says:

    Why is chaponda doing that? Dont we have malawians who can be favoured than these amwenyes? Why dont we like each other? Thats why i dont like these recycled politicians, because they are there for theor pockets and not assisting poor malawians in the villages.

  23. Lord Denning Chatsika says:

    HDT are very expensive inn services and repairs and their cars not ideal for malawi roads better buy our good durable dependable usual toyotas HDT salola kutenga galimoto after service if no cheque even if you are a reputable big customer stupid careless thoughtless and senseless British indians

  24. ?.?. says:

    Mulungu tazawatengeni awa iya

  25. Sapitwa says:

    In order to promote ethics, politicians should stop receiving gifts from any business organization as these gifts become traps.
    There was a stupid President who stood on Podium several times confirming for her party receiving gifts from various companies as ‘well-wishers” .That was very unethical.
    Government should pass a law prohibiting this moral decay.

  26. Chintebwe says:

    Thus very sad chaponda as a lawmaker why breaking it?kodi muganiza kuti yemwe adzatsatire malamulo adziko lino adzachoke kuti?anthu kumudzi akuvutika ndiumphawi,mzipatala mankhwala mulibe,macival servants sanalandile malipilo awo,ndiye iweyo chaponda ukumaika htd kumbuyo kapena nawe ukukhudzidwa ndi kampaniyi mumabera limodzi. The lord just punish them all so that u make new malawi of milk and honey

  27. ambuje says:

    Malawians, let’s swallow our pride and accept that we voted wrong people into power. We are victims of our own mistakes.

  28. Voltaire says:

    This is every day stuff. Some people will be pressured to favour HTD, other times Mulli Brothers, other times other ‘connected’ companies.

    The crooked politicians take a considerable cut from these over-inflated tenders.

    It doesn’t matter whether you are Indian, Rwandan, Malawian, Chinese or Nigerian. As long as you can pay, you can be a ‘well-wisher’ to these evil thugs.

    Money talks.

  29. bwangazi says:

    A country of dogs!!!! A trained dog is a leader

  30. captain says:

    That’s Malawi and DPP for you. Munya

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