Ex Karonga-ADD boss named prime suspect in tractor scandal, on the run

Programmes Manager for Karonga Agricultural Division (KRADD), Wellington Phewa, has been named as the chief orchestrator in the shady sale of a multimillion kwacha government owned tractor to people in neighbouring Tanzania.

Police have initiated a man hunt for Phewa suspected to be hiding in Mzuzu, Nyasa Times has learnt.

The tractor, registration number MG 647, was sold some two months back with the deal getting busted immediately Karonga council officials launched investigations after smelling foul play.

Team leader of Nyasa Times  the investigations who is also vice president of the council Ernest Mwalughali told  that the tractor was “an asset” to the council.

“The tractor had been packed at his office´s garage for maintenance but since we didn´t take it back quickly he managed to sell it to Tanzania without the council´s knowledge,” explained Mwalughali.

He added: “Phewa lied to us that the tractor was on the list of properties which were auctioned some two weeks ago but has failed to produce the documents as well as coming here to explain to us what rely happened with our vehicle.”

Concurring with Mwalughali, the district Human Resource Officer Tamika Milimbo wondered how the tractor was sold despite being in the good condition as well as not following the recommended procedures of boarding off government properties.

“First of all there are procedures that we follow when any department decide to auction government properties amongst them, the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC), National Audit, Ministry of Finance as well as the PVHO certify the process of which in our investigation has revealed that none of it was done. On top of that the vehicle was in good condition that was not supposed to be auctioned, therefore we have find out that the process was illegal,” said Milimbo.

In his remarks, Traditional Authority Kilipula asked the council to use its power to summon the suspect so that he can explain to them how and why he sold the tractor on their back and report the matter to the police for further investigation.

However, Nyasa Times have failed to hear the side of the suspect as he is not answering his mobile phone.

Meanwhile the council has agreed to involve the police in the matter as one way of speeding up the process in order to bring back the tractor as well as arresting the suspects.

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25 thoughts on “Ex Karonga-ADD boss named prime suspect in tractor scandal, on the run”

  1. zayakunkhongo says:

    PHilip am stupid zoona but pm oz in LL attending meettng n palibe wa police adawafunako pankhani iyi n PM nkhaniyi adaimvera panyasa pompa.shame to nyasa repoters.osama falitsa nkhani zabodza.n EX PM is not MR PHEWA afufuze bwino.EX PM is mr yona shupit.EX PM amagwirabe ntchto?mbuli zawathu

  2. Ed says:

    Say it’s not true and shame the Devil by proving it.

  3. PHILLIPS CHISAMBO says:

    No doubt that zaya kunkhongo! U must be very stupid with your useless nkhongo. Even a blind could sense something here. If he is innocent and did NOT sell the Tractor,why is he on the run and NOT answering his fone? Why don,t he go to KRADD and tell his side of the story? Bottlomline! He sold the Tractor.

  4. Malawi ndiwabwino ? says:

    The problem Phewa is not from north. It ve bn oky if it was bought by a northener. It looks auction was in whole Mw and i believe everywhere things happened same way

  5. Malawi ndiwabwino ? says:

    Zimamveka kuti ku Ntcheu anthu agula galimoto k150 000. Ma yamaha k30 000 pa auction. Auction was in the nation ? Akadagula mtumbuka sizikadavuta

  6. Sand Wa Sand says:

    Is It Malice Or Reality? Karonga, Tell Us Realities B4 We Judge Wrongly Or Rightly. Mukuti Zatani Kodi?

  7. DOBO says:

    Chilungamo chake ndichoti Malawi yafika poola.Kwakhala tsopano tidzava kuti dziko la Malawi agulitsa magamba .Guys chikupangika ndi chiani makamaka? Ndava kuti magamba ena akutsatsa RBM

  8. Ochewa Weni Weni says:

    Wellington Mphewa ndi mchewa wa ku Lilongwe ku Kasiya,wamwa mowa pa KR Salima pamodzi kanyenya wa nkhumba.

  9. zaya kunkhongo says:

    you dont know wat you are talking about.mr phewa sadagulitse thalakita ine ndi wa karonga ADD tractor agulitra okha n anthu opanga auction wa adayambira kuchitipa thn karonga n kukaronga adapita ku EDUCATION ,DC’s offces n PVHO becareful ndzomwe mukunyozazo ax ife akaronga ADD nt ktinyozera PM.mowa or atamwa skul mudamuphunzitsa ndnu ?

  10. gongolo says:

    mumfinye phwala abwenze tractor ameneyu ndipo komwe wagulitsa kwa mlimi ku TZ ndikukuziwa ine mbuzi imeneyi ili mu katoto

  11. MALAWIAN says:

    BRAVO THE KARONGA COUNCIL FOR BEING ALERT AND EXPOSING THE MPHWIYO TYPE OF CIVIL SERVANTS WHO TAKE GOVERNMENT ASSETS AS THEIRS.

  12. Jerejede says:

    mkuluyu ndiwankhaza kooospa anali ku Salima ADD,koma ndikati ndi nkhalamo yomabweza ma allowance ama journals koma iyeyo basi.Uyiwona Bangwe ati chimimba ngati chule mfiti ya munthu!!!!

  13. mgodi says:

    kodi pa nthawi ya auction yo anthu anangokhala chete osafunsa bwanji? kodi mmesa ndalama zimapita ku govt a/c # 1, mwina mutati anapasana ziphuphu kuti agule nawo komanso umboni inuyo mulibe oti analandira ziphuphu osati kuti kuti wagulisa tractor Inu osaziwa kunama uku mwangomtola muthuyu poti siwaku karonga

  14. buzi says:

    Pvho ndi stecelia motors afufuzidwenso. Company employing std 6 employées n yet getting contracts with pvho.

  15. mayayauve says:

    How come these tumbuka thieves at Balaka district council and town assembly seem to be protected? They are stealing like hell and you MPs and chifs mwangokhala phwiiiiiiIiiiii!

  16. Malawi wa Lero says:

    Wellington Phewa timamwera limodzi beer ku St Marys Bottle Store ali pa Zomba Add. Amakhala atatu anthuwa ndi mabwana ake koma onse anali ochuka ndinkhani yogulitsa zinthu ku ofesi. Koma kugula mowa samachita ndalama zinali zakazi basi. Certainly i am not surprised that this happened.

  17. Tchena tchena says:

    AHA!! WINA ALI PA BALAKA WA ADD ADO DADO WHATEVER YOU CALL HIM. WAKUMPOTO. WA MANGA CHINYUMBA CHOOSE SALARY YAKE. NDALAMA ZA FIST NDI ZINA NDI ZINA. ACB AWAFUFUZE M’BOMA ONSE MA ADD.

  18. Wa mtoga says:

    Kodi bwana wochukucha mowayu mungantere? He is a complete crook komanso makani too much. Tiyeni nazoni

  19. Malawim says:

    ….and to you all haters, no Phewa is not Tumbuka, he just happened to work in Karonga. Phewa means Chiphanga, tilije wena Chiphanga kumpoto ise….mose imwe mbwe unkhungu pera!

  20. GN Phiri says:

    Tractor ikulukulu yadutsa bwanji pa border? inakwezedwa pa truck? somebody must explain. amalawi let us be responsible.

  21. Issa says:

    sounds good business

  22. Chidantere says:

    Alomwe mwachoka ndi umbava wanu kwanu uko kubwera nawo ku Karonga!!!! Ubibidwa uwona you think Mathanyula can save u, nay.

  23. mapwevupwevu says:

    Anthu a ku Karonga I love your ways, even though sometimes you act stupid.

    Nkokeni mapwara abwenze tractor bakha ameneyu!

  24. ngongoliwa says:

    These are issues for Karonga. Squabbles all the time.

  25. drakes says:

    Also where are the 24 graders that MG received from Japan to distribute to District assemblies in 2004. Roads.in districts are ungraded yet we received these to do the work. Minister responsible for works must check with Japanese embassy to establish this.

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