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

Lord Denning Chatsika
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Lord Denning Chatsika

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

NGONGOLIWA
Guest

PLEASE GOD COME BACK TO MALAWI.

stewart
Guest

i have strong evidence mene amabera nsonkho ngati MRA ikufuna andipeze

Kwangwagwa
Guest

Cashgate continues

Tione
Guest

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!

Rift valley
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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.

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

zakusimba
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ZOBVETSA CHISONI. LOOK AT GHANA, IS MAKING ITS CARS. CHECK AT BBC.SEARCH FOR GHANA.

DOBO
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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.

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