Exclusive! Fresh cashgate at Malawi army: Ministers in multibillion Kwacha corruption scandal involving Ashok Leyland of India

Cashgate is still alive and taking different form of existence.  Nyasa Times has uncovered a  multibillion Kwacha corruption scandal where cabinet ministers are involved in illegally ‘brokering’ a deal between the Malawi Defence Forces (MDF) and Ashok Leyland, an Indian automobile manufacturing company, with the latter negotiating to supply 500 units to MDF.

Deputy MDF General Supuni  and Malisoni Ndau (C)

Deputy MDF General Supuni and Malisoni Ndau (C)

Nyasa Times sources at MDF reveal that there is a requirement of 500 trucks to replace the ageing TATA fleet acquired over a decade ago. The trucks shall include top carriers, water bowsers, buses and other military logistic vehicles.

“When the MDF management discussed and agreed on the need to acquire a new operational fleet for the Army, the former Deputy Defence Minister, Malison Ndau, told management that he would raise the matter with cabinet before a final decision to float tender invitation is made.

“Surprisingly, he returned to us without any cabinet decision on the matter but in the company of former Information Minister (now Local Government), Nankhumwa and three other people of Indian origin,” said a top Army officer privy to the deal.

According to the source, it later transpired that the two ministers were accompanied by three Leyland Ashok officials whom they claimed were the most qualified suppliers of the required vehicles.

The Leyland officials included Mohan Krishnan, a Mr. Ramachandaran and Partha Chodhuru. Two of them were from Ashok Leyland Headquarters in Chennai, India, while one was from the local franchise in Blantyre.

The officials and the ministers met with MDF’s Director of Logistics Elias Kapalamula and MDF’s Deputy Commander, Griffin Supuni, in mid March 2016 at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe where a provisional agreement was made that Ashok Leyland should supply the required vehicles.

According to initial estimates, each vehicles would cost an average of USD100, 000, approximately MK65 million. The total deal may, therefore, cost the taxpayer a whooping MK32.5 billion minus shipping and other logistic costs.

The deal seemed to have been heading for a halt following the removal of Ndau as Deputy Defence Minister. However the source said his replacement, Agrey Masi, has joined the ‘bandwagon’.

“Nankhumwa has apparently succeeded to hook him (Deputy Defence Minister) up; he is already into it. The Deputy Defence Minister and Nankhumwa recently met two unidentified local Ashok Leyland officials in Blantyre. The two ministers were accompanied by Mr. Kapalamula, where he assured them the deal is done,” the Army officer claimed.

He also alleged that Kapalamula had already received an equivalent of USD100, 000 as a sweetener, while Nankhumwa and Supuni had allegedly pocketed USD200, 000 and USD250, 000, respectively.

The source said the ‘gang’ is now reaching out to Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe and the Secretary to Treasurer, Ronald Mangani, two influential government officials that may determine the deal goes through.

The MDF is not a stranger to corruption-related matters. On May 11, 2015, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested former Army Commander General Henry Odillo and his former deputy, Lt. Col. Clement Kafuwa in relation to payments that were made to Thuso Investments without supplying services to the Malawi Army.

They were charged with three counts of abuse of public office, negligence by public officer in preserving money or government property and money laundering. They are currently out on bail.

The ACB claimed it had established that the Malawi Army paid close to MK2 billion (about US$4.4m) for the supply of military gear but the company never supplied despite being paid.

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30 thoughts on “Exclusive! Fresh cashgate at Malawi army: Ministers in multibillion Kwacha corruption scandal involving Ashok Leyland of India”

  1. Abit says:

    Amalawi sadzatheka. Tingopephera mulungu kuti achite nawo onse obera osaukawa. Muona adzingotha mmodzi mmodzi. Mulungu sakondwera ndi anthu ozunza anthu ake. Sikale tidza simba. Kwachuluka nkudzikundikira a Malawi ngati mudzapita nazo kumanda. Analipo ena anazisiya zikukoma.

  2. mbuyuni says:

    Malawi watha, atsamunda abwerenso

  3. Jeff says:

    THIS IS NO SURPRISE…
    THE ENTIRE GOVERNMENT AT EVERY LEVEL IS CORRUPT AND FULL OF ONLY THIEVES..
    ONE DAY ALL THIS WILL BOIL OVER INTO CIVIL WAR!….

    ATTN FOREIGNERS!.. BE CAREFUL WITH INVESTING IN MALAWI.. THE COUNTRY IS STEEP IN CORRUPTION AND FOREIGNERS ARE EASY TARGETS. THERE ARE STORIES ABOUT FOREIGNERS BEING IGNORED BY THE COURTS IN THEIR ATTEMPTS TO SECURE THEIR INVESTMENTS..THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM INCLUDING LAWYERS AND JUDGES ARE CORRUPT AND XENOPHOBIC..

    BUT SERIOUSLY SPEAKING…. WHAT DID MALAWIANS EXPECT FROM DPP GOVERNMENT?…
    I GUESS THE SAME THING THEY EXPECT FROM KILLING ALBINOS FOR THEIR BONES!….

  4. manguleje says:

    This Nankhumwa guy is a big thief. He is also the thief behind the termination of the macra’s spy machine contract with Agilis

  5. Chindere Supuni says:

    Farrakhan Gani once admitted to me that he and his brother are engaged in some funny thieving business with Mutharika and the DPP. Amwenye amenewa awawa a Victoria Hotel, Kris Offset ndiye akuba koopsa. Farrakhan told me in my face that whatever happens, they have Peter Mutharika ion their bag and they will not let him go. Panopa they are hosting many DPP meetings at Victoria Hotel and charging government. State House has advised its entire staff that qualify for Hotel accommodation to use Hotel Victoria instead of Mount Soche and others. Kudyerera boma. Ndiye nkhani iyiyi ya Ashok Leyland, I do not doubt that Ganis are also involved. Amwenye a Ashok Leyland ndi anzawo koopsa. Ganis must be the ones conniving with Supuni and others to steal this huge amount of money from Malawians. Lord have mercy.

  6. Chindere Supuni says:

    Akubadi amenwa makamaka uyu mukuti Supni uyu. Supuni is ripping off Malawians through his shady dealings with amwenye especially Farook Gani of Victoria Hotel. Victoria Hotel anapatsidwa tender to supply foodstuffs to Malawi Army barracks and they claim over 600 million each month and give Supuni at least 30 million mwezi uli onse. These guys are getting rich at the expense of hungry Malawians ndithu. Supuni also gets around 10 million Kwacha from amwenye a Malawi Sun in similar shady business deals. The big Kahuna is also involved uyu mukuti Peter Mutharika. Gani has promised him they will provide about 2 billion Kwacha towards DPP campaign for the 2019 elections. Malawi wa Lero

    1. Mphwache says:

      Uyunso mukuti Azhar Chaudry wa SANA, akudya both ku Army ndi ku Police. Ndipo amwenye anzake akumutchula Best Friend wa uyu mukuti Peter Mutharika. Mwenye uyu anabwera pa Malawi 1999 alibe angakhale one tambala, lero he owns over 2,000 hectares in both Lilongwe and Blantyre and over 30 houses in opulent areas of both cities. Panopa ku Sanjika amangopita ngati kwawo, koma ife mbadwa pa chilomoni pompa VISA pass ya ku Sanjika ata.

  7. Kenkkk says:

    The country needs completely new type of leadership, complete overhaul of leadership and our legal system.

    As long as Peter and dpp are in power, corruption and cashgates will never stop nor reduce significantly. The same for pp or udf. Only new blood of mcp can reverse this.

    I feel sorry and angry for this country.

  8. Katapwito says:

    Komatu boma ili silidzatheka. Kondwani Mid night 6 Nakhumwa analandilanso 10 Million from Godfrey Itaye ndalama za macra kumuthokoza chifukwa chompatsa udindo wa u Director General when the Minister was responsible for Information. This money was given to him ku Mangochi. His driver went there to deliver usiku when the went to open a meeting on District Councils as Minister of Local Government. Ziliko ku Malawi.

  9. Enyezini says:

    Federalism is the answer and medicine to the current disease that has

  10. BigMan says:

    gutter journalism

  11. Analyst says:

    IT IS AN OPEN SECRET THAT DPP AND PETER MUTHALIKA BENEFITTED FROM THE PP AND JOYCE BANDA UNPOPULARITY DUE TO THE 2013 CASHGATE. MOST PEOPLE BACAME MAD WITH JB.

    SURPRISINGLY, TWO YEARS INTO GOVERNMENT, DPP IS ALSO INTO CASHGATE RELATED SCANDALS LIKE THIS ONE.UNFORTUNATELY FOR DPP, THE DONOR COMMUNITY IS VERY MUCH AWARE, MANY OF US ARE AWARE AS WELL THAT DPP CANNOT BE TRUSTED.IT IS NOT SURPRISING BECAUSE PETER MUTHALIKA IS A DIRECT BROTHER OF LATE BINGU MUTHALIKA WHO REPORTEDLY ACCUMULATED MK61 BILLION WEALTH FROM MK150 MILLION INCLUDING UNPRODUCTIVE ESTATE IN ZIMBABWE THEN JUST IN 8 YEARS. THE PATRIOTIC AND TRUST WORTHY PRESIDENTS LIKE LATE JULIUS NYERERE OF TANZANIA,LATE NELSON MANDELA OF RSA NEVER BUILT MANSIONS LIKE THE NDATA ONE .THIS SHOWS THAT OUR BINGU WAS IN THE CATEGORY OF THE JACOB ZUMAS OF THE RECENT NKANDALA SCANDAL IN RSA ONLY THAT MALAWIANS ARE SLEEPING.

    DPP IS ALSO KNOWN FOR SHOOTING ITSELF VERY EASILY JUST LIKE THEY LOST POWER TO JB WHO WAS THEIR VICE PRESIDENT THIS TIME ARE HEATING HARD AT STRONG PEOPLE LIKE FORMER ARMY COMMANDER WHEN THEIR OWN HANDS ARE SO DIRTY, SO DIRTY THAT BARELY TWO YEARS INTO GOVERNMENT, DPP DIRTY HANDS ARE ALREADY INTO THE ARMY’S BASKET.

    ON THE OTHER SIDE, THOSE OF US WHO KNOW GOOD GOVERNANCE PRACTICES, ARE VERY SUSPICIOUS AT THE RATE PROFESSOR PETER MUTHALIKA IS FAVOURING HOME BOYS IN KEY GOVERNMENT POSITIONS.THOSE ARE OPEN INDICATORS THAT PETER HAS ALOT TO HIDE THROUGH HIS HOME BOYS BUT MALAWI BELONGS TO ALL OF US WITH OR WITHOUT HOME BOYS,TIME WILL COME JUST LIKE IT DID WITH ATCHEYA WITH HIS MK1.7 BILLION CORRUPTION CASE AND JOYCE BANDA CASHGATE SCANDAL.IT LOOKS LIKE TIME HAS ALREADY COME GUYS!!!!

  12. Mkandawire says:

    So why are putting Dr. Chaponda’s photo in this article? Why do you hate him so much like that?

  13. misuku hills says:

    what is this u guys. Nankhumwa is being nurtured as a young baby by APM. LOOK AT OUR ARMY. SHAME!!!!

  14. abinte says:

    Mr president if this is true please wait until the truth comes out

  15. kia says:

    The Analyst uli kwani? Utipo chani? Tikudalira iwetu. Si enawa a mitu ya nazumbawa. kkkk

  16. The Analyst says:

    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O
    As long as Malawi has 5-star thieves for leaders, it can never develop.
    You see . . .
    . . . when Joyce Banda knew that K62bn (later on K577bn) was thieved during Bingu’s era; what did she do? Nothinng!
    . . . When APM knew and still knows that at least K60bn was stolen during Joyce Banda’s era, what is APM doing? Almost nothing!

    We all know that thieft, is a disease, and that you dont cure a disease by spreading it.
    . . . But are we not spreading this disease when all we can do to thieves is slap them on the wrist?
    …………………………………………………………………………..
    Nanga . . .
    . . . what shall it take; if a whole professor of law couldnt see that 3 years is inadquate for Namathanga’s theft of more than K63mn?
    . . . do we need mzungu to tell us that 11 years and sex, is not enough for Lutepo’s theft of billions?
    . . . cant somebody see that, despite avalanche of evidence that Mphwiyo stole billions; not enough is being done on him?; as he is just as free as any bird fltying up high in the sky?
    . . . how about Joyce Banda yemwe amangobwera nkusuzumira nkumapita?
    . . . is everything alright with our laws? Certainly not!
    …………………………………………………………………………
    If our leaders were not thieves . . .
    . . . they could have immeditely convened Parliament and other relevant authorities (by now), and reviewed all these useless laws we have now on theft by public servan; for stiffer punishments. And could have made the laws apply retrospectively.
    . . . any one found stealing public funds was to be given a minimum sentence of 10 years, regardless of the amount. And the sentence would increase to a maximum of life-imprisonment; depending on amounts involved.

    Alas, thieves cant review laws for fear of policing themselves! Malawi has a verrrrrrry big problem!
    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O

    1. Zoona says:

      Mr Analyst i thought you were intelligent until today. Law and emotions dont mix bambo. Senzani’s three year sentence is ok depending on how the judge saw it. By the way what about MCPs theft, fraud and corruption? Why should APM get involved in legal matters when we preach about separation of powers. Let the judiciary decide cases without indue influence from the President because that exactly what we chose when we booted out HKB. Lastly what evidence do you have that the Leyland Ashok deal is being concluded corruptly? Zopusa basi kuzolowera kudya zakuba kumpingo basi.

      1. The Analyst says:

        O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O
        Kikiki, I love your first sentence.
        . . . You see, Zoona . . .
        If the 3 yr-sentence to Senzani was per judge’s determination, the determination must have been guided by some existing laws. If you and I can agree that 3 years was inadquate, in absolute terms; then it follows that the laws on which the sentence was based; are inadequate.
        . . . Now, do you think that theft by public servant or corruption can be deterred with inadequate laws? No!
        …………………………………………………………………………..
        Malawi is blessed to have a professor of law for a president.
        . . . We should not have had such inadequate laws by now. The moment such inadequacy was discovered, a review process could have been called for, and all subsequent cases could have been handled as guided by the reviewed laws..
        . . . If you think the professor of law is not the right person to initiate this process, then who is?
        Let us all love this country. Legal sanity in a country’s judicial system is a sine qua non for foreign investment and sadly, Malawi has none. And its a pity that this is the case when we have a professor of law for a president.
        . . . This is a missed opportunity!
        O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O

        1. Zoona says:

          Kumangolemba mopsya mtima because MCP lost basi. Kodi MK60 billion who stole that? Nanu Akachaje takulani popularity can never be based on stupidity. People are stealing and i believe they must be shot dead but dont make up stories just to score very cheap points.

      2. The Photographer\'s Camera says:

        I think you are a civil servant and a thief ndipo ukudana ndi proposal of 10 yrs minimum for theft by public servant. Chomchitu dziko silingatukuke iyayi. We need to start thinking ngati Analyst ameneyu.

  17. Big Brother says:

    So this means that the deal is still in the oven but not yet properly cooked. APM should just switch off the stove. There are tender procedures that should be followed. Corruption remains endemic in Malawi because the very bigwigs are profiting from it.

  18. Winston Msowoya says:

    If the national army is that corrupt,how would it defend our national integrity? It is catastrophically a grave crime for Army leaders to engage in this macabre betrayal of our national security to foreign powers.This indicates that the Malawi government has lost controls and directions,it is shameful and unprecedented misconduct of our military and government leadership.In many countries Armed Forces are supposed to be disciplined and respected hence,the masses of the people are assured of their security and integrity.Corruption found in the Army,is a scary scenario and this explains vividly the poor nature of our national government.I recall Chipembere’s humble words to me while in exile and I quote thus: Winston,when you are signing a trade deal with Asian countries such as Pakastan,India and China,you have to be alert and consciously immovable,otherwise you will sign your own death warrant.Here we are now,our armed forces brass have betrayed our trust and apparently,demonstrate the country’s weaknesses.If corruption has reached the most sensitive apparatus,then Malawi has been thrown to the wolves and who will advise who?

  19. Kapoloma says:

    You are just wasting time reporting this fraud, shortly this story will receive the same refute by the salaried servants of mafia government who eat peanuts from their corrupt bosses. Malawi ndi DPP led government amakhala wankhani zake zimenezi on daily basis. Timva Kaliati ndi chipani akugwira ntchito yao ija apa.

    everyday under dpp led government it’s fraud this, fraud that; amwenye involved in billions of taxpayer koma amalawi ndiye kumagidwa ndi MRA or ACB.

    Shortly timva amanga wa Opposition not Ruling…. ACB ndi MRA agalu aDPP ndithu.

  20. Thoko Kachikho says:

    Cry my beloved country. I hope this is not true – what with our country now being viewed as a bunch of thieves! Why is the Army single sourcing such a large consignment?

  21. kkilembe says:

    If you want to learn how to evade tax, get in touch with me.

  22. This is a horrendous type of corruption which the president and cohorts are into. Very pathetic, i hope one day you will pay for your sins. Malawians come 2019 you will be gone for good. People who dont even know how to speak in front of BBC.

  23. umupondo says:

    this country of ours is poor because of its citizens, selfishness and greedy!!!!

  24. Presidential Advisor says:

    Ana akuyendela 362 kilometers kuti ku chipatala kukhala zipani zonse, inu mukubelana. Mulibe many azidandaula.

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