Hamra Oil boss Farook working illegally in Malawi from Dubai

Country director of a shell company that was given the mandate to explore oil in Malawi, Hamra Oil Holdings Limited, Dr Muhammed Joseph Farook is working in Malawi illegally as he has no work permit.permit

Farook came into Malawi on December 5, 2014 as a tourist. He, however, picked up employment as country manager for three companies, Hamra Oil Holding Limited, Pacific Oil—both shell companies and Rak Gas.

Immigration Department sources told Nyasa Times that they were coy to pounce on  Farook because  two od President Peter Mutharika’s aides, assisted Farook to start working in Malawi with only a tourist visa and that he has joined the league of “untouchables” with the connection to the power-that-be.

“Malawi Immigration laws stipulate expatriate must apply for work permits in their country of resident. However Dr Farook is already working in Malawi without any work permit.

“This is because Mutharika’s aides were involved,” said the source at the Immigration.

Presidential aide Bright Malopa met Hamra Chief Executive Officer, a United Arab of Emirate Minister of Energy ,  Kamala Tayya  at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe where he brokered the deal of  bringing in of Farook illegally.

The source said the two Mutharika aides were seen jostling each other at Capital hotel trying to meet Kamala, despite then Malopa being in plaster of paris after an injury.

“These boys are selling the country. This is the evidence how can they allow a foreigner to take charge of country’s affairs,” said the source.

The UAE has changed managers more than three times from February 2014 when they took over management of the oil exploration.

“Local politicians literary kneel before this man. Mutharika was invited to go UAE and he accepted the offer despite obvious evidence that the company does not respect the country’s laws,” said the source.

“It is yet to be seen what government will do to Dr Farook who is working in the country illegally. There is money changing hands,” he said.

The company is exploring oil on Lake Malawi, specifically in Karonga, Nkhata Bay, Rumphi and Nkhotakota districts.

Hamra Oil Holdings Company during their presentation to people in Karonga end of September indicated that government has given them blocks on Lake Malawi through ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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42 thoughts on “Hamra Oil boss Farook working illegally in Malawi from Dubai”

  1. kanyika dickson says:

    malopa tiyenazo

  2. zonge says:

    XpireMphwache, you do not immigration act very well as you claim to be. No one is allowed to consult on visa. Visa is just entry permit. As you indicated that it is a tourist visa. Does a tourist allowed to work even on allowance? I am afraid not. He needs to apply for temporary residence permit or an authority to work.

    Do not claim to know issues that are beyond your competence.

    The truth is APM is sorrounded with crooks that have never worked in government or managed any successful business. Take all advisers take vuwa, callista, beni phiri, malopa and many others have nothing to offer for this country.

    Every problem has an expiry period. I rest my case.

  3. George Lihoma says:

    Bright Malopa is always in the news.Man,watch out people are watching in.

  4. busy signal says:

    I’m in RSA illegally and I’m stable doin my job to develop South Africa whts wrong with u to question for the paper without questionin the future of Malawi pple are suffering like a hell. Thtswhy Malawi is more corrupted country ever whr is kayerekera money u don’t even as about it fuck u muthalika and your corruption government I’m commin to take out the country from u I’m a new messiah ordinally Malawian got no food coz of u monkey

  5. The rich can violate the law at will. Their money defends them in court. Let us not sell our nation to foreigners please. Can a Malawian national do the same in UAE?

  6. what do the immigration authorities say about this? They need to take action using the existing immigration laws. Nobody is above the law. Presidential aides need to know this. such Two presidential al advisors behind this.

  7. Mphwache says:

    I normally am very sceptical on Gov Agents moves, but in this case the Reporter needs to go back and read the statutes on Worp permits, etc. Malawi law allows for any short term consultant work to be carried out on a tourist visa AS LONG AS the consultant gets a permanent resident visa (normally for ene month) but extendable up to six months on a mothly basis. So as long as the Consultant Manager comes to Malawi and spends not more than six months, he can lawfully be engaged in consulting work. In this case, I believe he is not getting a salary in Malawi, but living allowances only.

  8. hfty says:

    Spoiling the country. If this is how we continue thinking then we shall always remain the scum of the earth. These explorers will spoil our environment and our government has no teeth to do anything about it

  9. chatonda says:

    Malawi is on sale indeed. The involvement of people like Malopa, Ben Phiri, Pastor Khoviwa, Vuwa Kaunda will cost Mutharika dearly. These people are now brokers of any foreign investor coming into the country. The have been stealing huge sums of money from many business people that will be mentioned later on when the time is ripe.

  10. aah says:

    There is nothing apart from pollution that ordinary Malawians will benefit if oil is discovered. It is these crooks in form of politicians and oil companies who will benefit.

  11. dadaboma says:

    APM is a dangerous man. Farook is the one who donated the 5 million kwacha to pay back the money stolen by APM’s wife at NAC. There are more shady deals that APM has struck with the UAE’s Hamra oil that will serve the interest of DPP and APM at the expense of Malawians who own Lake Malawi. It would have been better if the oil exploration were to be halted altogether because Malawians stand to lose. These two boys called Bright Malopa and Ben Phiri brokering the illegality of Farook are dangerous pawns serving a dangerous man APM. How can a foreigner get three top jobs without a permit within less than a month of his stay as a tourist in Malawi? Are there no Malawians that qualify for these jobs? Is Malawi for Malawians anymore? Has Malawi become lawless? Those who voted for DPP have damaged this country and are sparking a match for war.

  12. kyroc says:

    soon and very soon you r all dying and thats when you will realise that you were just mere mortals. no matter how clever and shrewd you believe you are time will end it all.


  14. Kamchitete says:

    Thieves! Thieves. Let 40 days come

  15. inayake says:

    Our beloved country. Lets shame these unscrupulous politicians. We all know that the major of APM are shady. But lets come forward with pictures, empirical evidence that would force APM to react. Lets get rid of these people that do not respect Malawi. You as nyasatimes should do more investigative journalism than just offering mere opinions and observations. What happened at Kayelekera should never happen again. More needs to be investigated on Hamra Oil co. Start investigating. Start asking for information. Bark up that tree till answers start trickling. Hamra Oil needs to explains itself. For all we know they could be another company that sponsors terrorism. Viva Malawi!

  16. Ma says:

    Ndinkhani imeneyi? Talk real issues affecting this country. …after all he is paid by his Co not Malawi government.

  17. ulula says:

    And now u have to bribe the aides in order to have an appointment with His Excellency Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika, you have also to bribe them in order to be appointed as a CEO or any high profile job, the President is shielded too much that even his close relatives cannot meet him, even the DPP NEC is finding it difficult to meet him. The aides r afraid that he should not meet anyone outside the clque becoz he will b told the truth! It is back to Kamuzu’s days, no one could see Kamuzu except through Mama. During Muluzi’s time he knew everything bcoz he interacted with everyone but during Bingu’s first term he also had a clique headed by Z Nq’oma who did not want anyone to meet Bingu except through the clique! Let us pray that Senior government officials, CEOs and other equally important people should not be denied access to the President but should book appointments through the ADC as was the practice and not plead with the aides for an appointment!

  18. Man K says:

    They knew each other just wait and c

  19. Tengupenya says:

    Charge the tourist together with the aides. It is rule of law and not of men! If you cannot charge, then resign from your post.

  20. Cashgate 1 says:

    Signs of Corruption from highest Offices.

  21. isaac isaac mika says:

    Yes it is tb to the country like MALAWI, we don’t ohave drugss in the hospitals, good roads andwhenever we come toMalawi we are treated very ring by ourown Malawian worker, while you malawi boma,you are giving possible work. To the foreners evin without permit, Shem on you,whatever you do is history tomorrows, so it is work up core. Thank s my people, yr we are Malawi..an

  22. Myangwe Joe says:

    Mphamvu ya corruption imeneyi imagine, presidential aides brabrabra President invitation to go to UAE, no work permit, Illegal workers becoming untouchables! kkkkkkk “MALAWI”

  23. Chidongo says:

    Malawi watsopano. Money changing hands, which are those hands? Kayerekera zinayambanso choncho. Mutulutseni munthu wopanda chilolezoyo.

  24. Benson Chirwa says:

    This is not new to Malawi. Our presidents leak amwenye’s asses for cash. Peter is looking for benefactors so he will sink so low just to get the most needed cash. The country will never develop because the untouchable Asians control what the president does. Mumalimbana ndi a Malawi to pay PAYE and VAT yet these stupid amwenye literally dictate what they want done to them. The president is happy with that. I# the MK5M refund came to NAC came from them.

  25. viktah says:

    Should this be the way we invite investors and the expatriates to this once great nation? The spirit of making yourselves untouchable boudoir zees at the expense of poor malawians makes me sick. People entrusted with leadership are the ones playing tricks on the poor. If you were anointed to lead, with these crooked acts God shall surely de-anoint you. You cant be playing tricks on top of poor malawian heads with the aim of you amassing worth to yourselves which belong to malawians as a whole, you shall surely die!!! Abraz anaba za uranium, inu ndiye mwati tiyeni nazo za mafuta ndi gas pa nyanja, kubela a Malawi. When the cries of malawians reach God’s ears, you shall see his wrath. Be warned!!!

  26. isaac isaac mika says:

    We are Malawian, we do not need this type tb

  27. dumbilo says:

    mobkeys fighting from the same tree. is this acountry or a zoo?

  28. Mulopwana Wa Mamwene says:

    Civil Society and Malawi as a whole these are the people who are bringing disorder in Malawi and APM boys like Makola are rotten boys, so we will go to much come January 2015. We are being led by those who are supposed to be led by a boy, how can the whole Malawi be humiliated in such a way, no rules are followed when doing things. Ku moot musapute dala ndi mafuta awo akuwonetsani zoopsya mukamufunse Walker

  29. tip says:

    only in Malawi where foreigners walks so free and get rich easily than the locals, what a shame!

  30. zoona says:

    Thus why we want federalism so that these thieves e Mutharika&Lomwes should not continue with their malpractices.I said sometime back that mr fwe fwe fwe say no federalism & independent of Nyika Republic because of oil found in lake Malawi.I can smell that this project ll just benefit the president & his friends as the case with Kayerekera uranium mining in Karonga not common Malawians unless Federalism should be put in place.Zose zinthu kuyendera chinyengo thus why you are failing to run your stolen government. Kabwila(MCP) & Mzomera(PP) nkhani ndiyimeneyo & osangomavomereza ma 367% salary increment. Atupele is this transparency you keep on saying to people of Malawi that you want bring to the mining sector?Ndiwedi ungonoungono kuzolowera chinyengo basi.Ndizoyamwira mwina.U know better.

  31. Kadzibwa says:

    Umenewo ndiye UCHITSILU. Who is Malopa?? Kodi mukufuna kuti we shud taken our laws in our hands.The law shud not be selective.fwe fwe fwe basi.

  32. Sammy says:

    Kupusa atsogoleli athu,do u think u can go and work in an oganisation in exile without work permit?foolish tulo…kumadana nokhanokha nkumakonda zianthu zobwela..achina tidye nawo inu!muzasiya liti moyo opembeza munthu?

  33. chefourpence says:


  34. David says:

    when will malawians learn? the same dpp brought paladin to mine in karonga in shady deals, (its not a secret we gained nothing as a country) now again they are in oil. opusa ndife a malawi povotela mbava kuziika m’boma makamaka mothandizidwa ndi mackson mbendera.

  35. Byron says:

    These DPP thugs need to tread carefully on issues of national interest.Companies from UAE are rookies in the oil business and therefore can’t produce any experienced and competent managers in the business.Why should an illegal foreigner be worshipped in our country? Who is Malopa by the way to secretly be holding meetings that serve corruption more than accountability?Striking backdoor deals for the country, are Malawians serious?

    Oil issues are very sensitive and require careful approach.In Mutharika’s deal brokers(his own boys),I see no honest representation to safeguard the country’s resources, but a group of rats salivating for kickbacks.

    Nevertheless,these DPP young cohorts must not tramp on the aspirations and expectations of the people where oil is being explored because doing so, is an invitation to revolt and outrage.People need not be converted into horses fit for a Kentucky-like derby nor do they have to be subjected to senility without their regard for their concerns as equal citizens.DPP is repulsive as a party when accountability and transparency require its take,instead,this party wants to lead the country into doom and hopelessness.

    Oil discoveries,God willing, are not to be a party emblem and pride but a blessing for the nation.All districts in the country need development from the resources’ proceeds. We are tired of seeing few people turning themselves from rugs to riches at the expense of the majority who are muted by the system that denies their involvement.

  36. Moya says:

    Hamra working illegally = Bright Malopas making = bright Malopa still calling shots in the background =to same people that surrounded Bingu to his death = its a matter of time for peters govt to collapse = Yes or no?

  37. send those armed robbers to teach a sweet lesson to these foreigners so that they can start respecting our laws and also include those useless so called presidential aides who are actually good for nothing. We are fed up of these stupod kind of shit from our useless politicians. By the, what do you mean when you say un touchables?

  38. aphiri says:

    Expose them . This is DPP crooks. Malopa akufuna adzibweza ngongole ya nyumba take 300 million

  39. The Patriot says:

    The same old story, the vultures(Politicians and multinationals) are once again conniving to abuse our natural resources at the expense of poor Malawians! Elsewhere the discovery of oil in an African country has led to politicians getting rich through bribes from the untouchable multinationals and eventually civil war because of greed! We will NOT let that happen here in Malawi.

  40. Abdula says:

    Is not good

  41. Gift Kayipa. says:

    Kod kuberako,mubera china chilichonse?.Mr Malopa and your friend be reminded that APM is already in 70’s anything can happen to him.Mudzatifuna why betraying your fellow Malawi?

  42. swiswiri mbewa says:

    The clandestine nature of deals being made between foreign investors and our government (sadly through political agents) is a recipe for corruption at high levels and we may end up with similar scenario like Kayerekera mining company. Malawians know that the deal for uranium mining signed by government and Kayerekera mining company was a raw deal.

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