Economist wants inquiry on ‘tractorgate’: Malawi obtained K23m India loan for tractors

Renowned economist Henry Kachaje has asked President Peter Mutharika to set a commission of inquiry to probe reports that government obtained a K23 billion loan from India to buy tractors for smallholders farmers but were fraudlently sold off to influential Malawians including politicians.

Kachaje: Lets get to the bottom of the matter, probe

Kachaje: Lets get to the bottom of the matter, probe

Kachaje said this on Tuesday in Lilongwe during a debate on whether the Malawi economy can opt for the poor which was organised by Centre for Social Concern.

“We need to find out what parliament agreed on the loan, did government tell parliament that it would sell the tractors?” said Kachaje.

He said there was need to read the bill that authorised the purchase of the tractors to see if the minister of Finance told parliament that tractors would be sold.

Kachaje said reports indicate that out of the K23 billion loan that was obtained in 2011, only K600 million has been recovered with K131 million from the ‘hire a tractor scheme’ which was abruptly discontinued to pave way for the sale of the tractors.

“How did we handle the loan, what happened that we borrowed money to buy tractors and ended up in selling the tractors to few individuals,” said Kachaje.

The tractor scam happened when former president Bingu wa Mutharika was in office and some quarters of society say the deceased president benefitted from this scam now christened as ‘tractorgate.’

This matter was brought to the attention of Malawians by Rumphi east MP Kamlepo Kalua who asked the government in parliament to explain the whereabouts of the tractors, alleging the former head of state used his aide at State House to make the scam, an allegation flatly denied by minister of Agriculture Allan Chiyembekeza.

He read out the list of people who bought the tractors and the list included minister of Transport and Public Works Francis Kasaila, Speaker Richard Msowoya and the once blue eyed boy of late Mutharika, Leston Mulli.

Kachaje said Malawians, the tax payers who bought the tractors need to know the truth.

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29 thoughts on “Economist wants inquiry on ‘tractorgate’: Malawi obtained K23m India loan for tractors”

  1. Malawi @ my heart says:

    If the president was all that serious he could have looked into this issue without him being told…we need a president who us self starter and not one to be told what to do

  2. ben says:

    Please also investigate Chuka, there is a fishy deal with MZUNGU exporters that they keep 100% of the export proceeds, this is putting pressure on kwacha depreciation as exporters are getting more kwachas for there dollars and money is being changed with some officials there. This policy was introduced by chuka

  3. Mugonapamhanya says:

    All politicians are the same made from the same clay. Greed and self-gratification are the main characters of a good politician. Peter like spending big on foreign trips while Chakwera like riding multi-million kwacha gas-guzzling cars in a poor country like Malawi. And this Msowoya guy’s name is everywhere for a bad reason. Sons of the same bitch.

  4. Gumulira Sikoti says:

    A Malawi nkana tili amphawi zaka 51 chilandilileni ufulu. Nkhani walankhula Kachaje yo njopeka? Chifukwa choti yaturuka nthawi ya DPP basi ndekuti ndiwandale?

    Malawians be patriotic like the Tanzanians. Otherwise if we continue with this attitude of backing ma politicians even when they are cashgating tax payers money…. then we should forget about development in this country. Alternatively, tingopinyolitsa Malawi yu kwama China basi… abweretse malamulo oti kupezeka ndi mlandu wakuba ndalama za boma chilango chake kuphedwa basi…

  5. Kanyimbi says:

    More fire we are tired of the imposed poverty on us as Malawians. Afinyeni basi.

  6. Benjones says:

    Next the list of beneficiaries of mk577billion pls.

  7. Wina Mpoto says:

    This govt is useless. Chakwera is the only hope for malawians

  8. patrick says:

    We need to know the truth. Akakhala pa nkhate sapheka. Wina alira pano. Kayaaaa!

  9. thinktankmalawi says:

    Dont hide behind “economist” veil..you are a politician(mcp)..Mr Kachaje.You are on a mission to discredit this govt…you are serving MCP…

  10. Alex Likoswe says:

    The issue was wrongly conceived from the beginning. We would have looked at the farming structure in Malawi. From
    Hoe to MacFergursson or Ford Tractor. That cannot work.
    Indeed India was best placed to supply hand hold mini-tractors suiting people in simulemba.
    These would have been affordable and with village polytechnics maintenance would have been sustainable.
    Mr Chi and your dull PS please look at this .

  11. kajedza says:

    There were another 40 tractors before this. The brand was SONALIKA parked at Tata for a long time. Think it was donated by the French. Where did these tractors go. There was a enquiry commision as well/there were Mr. Okhai, another South african, and a couple of high profile Malawians a well. What happened to the enquiry

  12. Shem says:

    Wolakwa ngogulitsayo, pang’ono wogula. Loan ya K23 billion, zidzukulu zathu zizidzabweza ngongoleyo, ife titapita. Kenako adzapwnpha debt relief nkumati iwiwo ndi anohawi chifukwa cha utsamunda ndi ukapolo. Heheeede! Loan yotenga ndichilolezo cha nyumba yamalamulo, bwanji sadifunsenso nyumba ngati zolinga za loaniyo zinali zitasintha?

  13. mapwevupwevu says:

    Amane munaba ma tractor amenewa I pray to almighty God that they become a curse to you! That they breakdown every time you try to plough your fields. That the oil you put in them turn to sand so that their engines knock out!

    In his almighty name I pray that what ever land you plough these tractors become barren and bear you no seed!

    In Jesus’ name I pray that all the businesses you started using these tractors should falter!

    I pray that the ACB should be given teeth to bite so that you face the full wrath of the law and that interest be charged on your property so that they get confiscated!

    Amen!

  14. Green Grass says:

    I don’t care who is owning the tractors but I want to be assured that my tax will not be used to repay the loan….that’s the crux of the matter. Let everyone who has bought the tractors have a guilty conscience should the poor villagers be required to contribute towards the repayment of the loan and I say shame to them all.

  15. Amawo says:

    What a pity! If there is corruption at this large scale and corrupt individuals get so “rich” …HOW DO THEY ENJOY THEIR MONEY WHEN SO MANY OF THEIR COUNTRY MATES ARE WRITHING IN POVERTY? Aziwanyadila ndi ndani?

  16. kkkkk says:

    DPP is full of thieves . I work at kamuzu international airport and in 2004 a lot of tractors came from gadafi.but bingu took all the tractors to beneath estate in Zimbabwe .can Bakili help us please. We need our tractors back.the issue its not about MCP or UDF here. But who got it wrong.

  17. william says:

    KU Reserve bank muchita so enquiry anthu kumeneko aku kudya ku ma exporters a zungu ndaki Mota,JTI,Limbe leaf,Africa leaf chifuka ya lola ma exporters asunga ndalama ya forex yatcha 100%, chifukwa zimanazeo kwacha yafika 700 ma forex bureau, ntahwi za bingu exporters ama sunga 50% zokha ndi 50% amasinthe mu kwacha zinthu anali bwino. Nthawi nsopano ma exporters aku sunga 100% ndi aku tumiza ku wawo, chifukwa forex yasowa.

  18. simulemba says:

    there is nothing wrong with what govt did. There was an advert why did the so called smallholder farmers apply. The problem with Kachaje is that he wants to bash govt because his party MCP lost. There was no corruption in the sale of the tractors it was done transparently.

  19. Let Us Pray says:

    Kodi Matalakitalewo amawoneka bwanji?

  20. Truck says:

    THATS WHY DZIKO LA MALAWI SILITUKUTA ATSOGOLERI AKE AKUBA KWABASI ZOTI ATHU MMIDZI AKUFA NDI NJALA ALIBENAZO NTCHITO VERY SAD EH!

  21. Uchindami says:

    Mutu wankhani MK23 milliom. Mkati mwankhani mukuti MK23 billion!

  22. George phiri says:

    Paja mmesa Kamlepo ngwamisala?? Usi sufuka popanda moto

  23. The Analyst says:

    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    Kachaje! Cant you see that your request is being misplaced and mistimed here? Can you ask thieves to investigate themselves? Even if they do, do you expect credible results from such an investigation? Even if uncredible results come, do you expect any tangible action to be taken and a logical conclusion to be reached?
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    . . . Its a pity Malawi only has thieves for presidents. It’s always believed that leaders are chosen by God but can God just keep blessing Malawi with thieves for presidents? Is this even a blessing or a curse? Perhaps we should revisit this belief coz it doesn’t seem to hold for Malawi. We cant consecutively have Muluzi, Bingu, Amai then this APM all with thievery genes right in their blood.
    . . . And if you employ an apolitical mind and look at those outside government; all you see are money-hungry vultures ready to nyambita each and every penny in govt coffers once a chance chances, if at all any penny shall be left; coz at the pace we are going, am afraid!
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    . . . The continued use of a hoe is cited as one of the reasons why Malawi hardly produces enough food hence the need for mechanised agriculture. Now the chance to implement the same is come only for the tractors to be sold out or given away in such a manner?; and to disinterested people? Sad!
    . . . I pray for a president who shall be God-fearing not just from the lips but the heart also. otherwise Malawi has had enough of these foolish fools, idiotic idiots and devilish devils for presidents.
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  24. MO says:

    The tractors were sold to people who are politicians one of them is the speaker,but Malawians will pay back that money

  25. Dikisan says:

    Kamlepo, ndi Kachanje muwapweteketsa azanu. Iwo amawona kuti ife tiziabwezera ngongole muzaka zambiri. Iwo akulemelerabe> Inu mwakalasula moto. Apa pavuta. Tiyenazoni.

  26. youna says:

    Kodi ku Capital Hill’ko mumasuta chamba?

  27. FootSoldier says:

    Mutharika and his useless ACB have been telling Malawians we are doing well on tackling corruption. We have been handed a golden opportunity to prove our worth—let ACB probe this matter without fear, favour or prejudice!

  28. Kandapako says:

    That is why abwana akukana retrospection of the ATI bill.

  29. Prof Peter says:

    That is the only way you use public funds you fools no vision of developing the country at all. Peter is more useless there will be nothing this country again from these politician. We are still inhaling the dust in the capital

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